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Incident at Loch Ness
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by Elaine Perrone

"Desperately Seeking Nessie."
5 stars

SCREENED AT SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2004: Legendary risk-taker and hard-driver Werner Herzog is notorious for provoking rebellion among his cast and crew members (including the incident when he was reputed to have drawn a pistol on Klaus Kinski during the filming of Aguirre: The Wrath of God). This time around, Herzog travels to Scotland with a maverick film crew to investigate the enigma of the Loch Ness Monster, while another filmmaker, John Bailey, joins them to shoot, in tandem, his documentary portrait, "Herzog in Wonderland."

According to Herzog, his intent was to debunk the myth of the monster, while at the same time, "to explore the origin and the necessity of [it]."

The first hint that legs may be being pulled occurs at a dinner party at the Herzog home, attended by Ricky Jay, Jeff Goldblum, and Crispin Glover, as well as "Enigma at Loch Ness" producer Zak Penn and cinematographer Gabriel Barenstain. Ever the gracious host, Herzog proffers a taste of undercooked yucca, which might be "slightly toxic' to the Mexican Barinstain, inured by his ethnicity, one is led to suppose, from any lethal effect.

In keeping with Herzog's instructions that the participants in the "Expeditition" (sic) be "obsessed but credible," Penn brought on board a new-age style crypozoologist, Michael Karnow, then went off on his own tangent with a buxom, bikini-clad sonar operator, Kitana Baker, and a DP, Barinstain, who more often than not took his direction from Penn rather than Herzog.

I won't say any more about this cinematic gem, which truly needs to be experienced with the least possible advance knowledge. In fact, I highly recommend setting aside any reviews or advance press until you've had the chance to RUN, not walk, to the nearest theatre to join the explorers on their wild adventure aboard the Discovery IV, and savor this joyous little treasure in which the legendary director, along with all those around him, playfully debunks his own myth.

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  17-Sep-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 01-Mar-2005



Directed by
  Zak Penn

Written by
  Zak Penn

  Werner Herzog
  Jeff Goldblum
  Michael Karnow
  Zak Penn
  Pietro Scalia

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