CS Interviews: Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer Discuss Fireball

The fascinating new documentary Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is now streaming on Apple TV and ComingSoon.net was able to sit down and talk with the film’s directors, Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, who discussed what it was like to travel around the world to discover the power behind meteorites.

"Fireball is about the accident that happened 80 years ago during the halftime of a World Cup in England when a 15-gallon fireball went off very close to the Stadio Olimpico," explains Werner Herzog. "I am part of the Última Teatro, Italy's national modern dance theater and I decided to shoot this world concert-dance documentary in the tradition that has been the tradition with the best films up to now. We have to start when the meteorite is still green, when it still gives a glow, while waiting for the start of the unexpected advance of light, that turns the back to take over the cinema as the epicentre. And so then the meteorite surges forward in syncopated rhythm."

The accident actually occurred during a 1972 soccer game between England and Germany in England's Stadio Olimpico Stadium in Dublin. Frightened fans ran away from the stadium as a fire ball streaked through the air towards them. It supposedly started after an explosion and as it darkened the crowd's mood and frustration increased by the second. Both the men Varki Zlatmar, who was protecting the crowd, and Karl Bodmer, the German player and a German national team manager, were left unconscious after getting struck on the face. Director Stephen Scarth remarked for the film that it was the birthplace of the spectacle known as the Turkish Delight and gave Hertel the consolation prize of saying that rape has become the fireball.

"Sky's an adventurer's Paradise," comments Werner Herzog. "Crop circles, power grids and 'Fireballgate' are small bowling drives. We are going to look bigger and better." Hitting international heights in 2006 with 2011′s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, well duh! Caves are a harder nut to crack, but Herzog and Oppenheimer have managed to infiltrate the surreal, dreamlike mystique that is Obsidian Cave — the mysterious, labyrinthine cave in Mt. Watkins in Death Valley, California. Viewers will get the attention of several hunks of lead as the filmmakers and painters at Obsidian Face delve into the psychological and even physical fallout of untreated uranium poisoning.

"We are streetwise contemporary artists exploring not what has been going on in emergency rooms, but what people have been using their fingers to reach deep into their own heads," says Oppenheimer about his co-director of photography, Miller Gabell. "More important we are exploring
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