Movies: A Mystical Trip that's High on Helium


He has made great films (Aguirre: The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo) about men who follow their obsessions into the South American jungle. Now Werner Herzog has a real-life visionary in his viewfinder. Graham Dorrington, seated behind Herzog, above, is an English scientist who dreams of building and flying an airship--not a giant Zeppelin but a small vessel shaped like a white diamond. Handsome and haunted, Dorrington has traveled to Guyana to make the damn thing fly.

As his fiction films and documentaries show, Herzog is also an adventurer with a mystic bent. He is both enrapt by this land's riotous...

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