Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

2019

Biography / Documentary

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Reviewed by dennis-11345 10 / 10 / 10

"The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot."

This film might speak to you, or whisper to you. As with any film by Werner Herzog, it lives in feelings and images, not words. As a first approximation you could think of it as an exploration of some different forms of strangeness: anthropological, mythical, archeological. But it's not a scientific search for explanations. Essentially it asks: "What IS this!?!?" More a yearning than a search. A yearning for visceral contact with what, in our species, is ancient, mysterious, and possibly glorious. Quotations: Werner Herzog: "The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot." The last sentence Bruce Chatman wrote: "Christ wore a seamless robe." Chatwin's biographer and editor of his letters, Nicholas Shakespeare: "He tells not a half-truth but a truth and a half."

Reviewed by partha-partha-som 7 / 10 / 10

A Writer Like No Other: Herzog's Tribute to Chatwin

In the beginning of Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, Werner Herzog notes: "Bruce Chatwin was a writer like like no other. He would craft mythical tales into voyages of the mind." Herzog himself has a strange ability of transforming the most brutal and horrific aspects of nature and society into poetry of the soul. It is even more astonishing if one notes how unromantic his treatment of nature actually is. In Grizzly Man (2005), Timothy Treadwell's enthusiasm for the bear is undercut by Herzog's voice pointing out the indifference of the beast to human sentiments. The British travel writer and Herzog's long-time friend Bruce Chatwin possessed a similar fascination with nature, landscape, and people, especially Aboriginal communities and nomadic tribes. Made with a lot of love and care, Nomad is Herzog's tribute to his friend. Instead of facts about Chatwin's life, we are offered a portrait of his soul. Herzog's documentary goes to the places Chatwin cherished in his life. And the result is mesmerizing.

Reviewed by babyjaguar 7 / 10 / 10

Nomadic or Cultural Colonialist: Chatwin's Life Anecdotess

Herzog's personal documentary exploring his friendship with Bruce Chatwin. Chatwin who passed in the early 90sfrom AIDS complication was known for his travelogs. Notably his heavily-published and translated travels to South America, Australia and Africa, Chatwin had been admirer of Herzog's films and had seen these films as cinema in it's "purest form". This particular documentary focused on Chatwin's life divided into chapters. It looks into what inspired his interests into what is "nomadic" or the idea of "walking". The film is shot within the landscape where Chatwin found that inspiration. Nowadays, within some intellectual circles, it seemed rather critical when scholars or intellectuals (especially white European males) go into places where it is people of color. For some, it echoes colonialism, or seen as "neo-colonialist". In some ways, this film's intentions become questionable: is it still glorifying white male travels to exotic places? Or is just a humble tribute to Chatwin's travelogs. In one of its chapters Herzog stumbled upon the idea with Chatwin's interests with Australian Aboriginal people's idea of landscape. Herzog's interviews with Aboriginals who safe-guard research material on Aboriginal thought, looking one of Chatwin's books on travels with Aboriginal shamans. This film with it's rather questionable intentions, it still very interesting with its location shots in Latin America and Africa. But it can also be seen as a time capsule on what the last of the last internationally-known white male interest with the "exotic" or "otherness" (a world that had no internet or social media and now social distancing).

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