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Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

Cast: Werner Herzog, Werner Herzog, Kitana Baker, more...
Director: Zak Penn, Zak Penn
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies, Mockumentary, Mockumentaries
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A handful of filmmakers looking for the fabled sea serpent of Loch Ness get a look at another sort of monster in this witty mock documentary. Under commission from producer and screenwriter Zak Penn, notoriously eccentric German filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Scotland to shoot his latest film, a documentary called "The Enigma of Loch Ness" which examines the myth of the Loch Ness monster and its role in the collective unconsciousness of the Scottish people rather than attempting to capture and photograph the creature itself. As Herzog is shooting his film, another filmmaker, John Bailey, tags along to shoot a film about Herzog shooting a film using the provisional title "Herzog in Wonderland." While Herzog and Bailey ruffle one another's feathers, Herzog begins to suspect Penn hired his crew more for their ability to generate "real life drama" on camera rather than their skills, especially Kitana Baker, a supposed "sonar engineer" who happens to have been a model for Playboy. As the production falls into chaos, neither Herzog or Bailey are able to complete their projects, and a pair of editors are brought in to combine footage shot by both crews into a coherent whole. Incident at Loch Ness received its North American premier at the 2004 Seattle Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

LA-based writer Francine Taylor catches Werner Herzog and Zak Penn on one of their promotional appearances for their new film, Incident at Loch Ness. Taylor catches the film as well, discovering it to be one of those movies in which you merely need to tell people, without further illumination, "Go see it." Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Incident at Loch Jaws by ZenBones March 3, 2005 - 11:04 PM PST
6 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Much of one's enjoyment of this film will come from how familiar one is with Werner Herzog's career. He's a poet in the rough who is as much a mythic figure as the characters he portrays in his movies. One also needs to have an appreciation for mockumentaries and for the kind of caustic sense of humor that wears on one's nerves like the coarsest sandpaper (think "My Breakfast With Blassie" meets "Jaws"). Zak Penn is Andy Kaufman incarnate. He's brilliant, yet just even saying that makes me want to - like Werner Herzog says in this film - track him down and strangle him. He's brilliant because Hollywood is full of guys like these. (BTW, If you really appreciate sweet torture, listen to Zak's commentary on the DVD!)
Anyway, as well as being a great mockumentary, with its layers of movies within movies within movies, it also has some terrific moments of great film-making within one of its stories, including scenes that eerily reminded me of Jaws as if seen from inside Alice's looking glass. It leaves one with a sense of déjà vu that feels chillingly real despite how irrational that feeling is. And that's where this film shines. It illustrates Herzog's philosophy of "ecstatic truth". No one really knows what is true. But the emotions we feel are very, very palpable. That's really why we go to the cinema, isn't it?

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