The combative relationship between humanity and nature has been a recurring theme in Werner Herzog’s films since the early ’70s, but while it provided a subtext for movies like Fata Morgana
, Aguirre: The Wrath of God
, and Fitzcarraldo
, his more recent documentaries have allowed Herzog the opportunity to fully immerse himself in the beauty and danger of the natural world. The White Diamond
, Grizzly Man
, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams
all touch on the notion of man insinuating himself where he doesn’t normally go (and possibly doesn’t belong), and Herzog has returned to the wild in his latest documentary, Happy People: A Year ...