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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 19 August 2016 (USA)
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Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself, interviewer and narrator (voice)
Leonard Kleinrock ...
Himself, computer scientist
Bob Kahn ...
Himself, electrical engineer, co-inventor of the TCP / IP protocols
Danny Hillis ...
Himself, author of 'The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work'
Ted Nelson ...
Adrien Treuille ...
Himself, assistant professor of computer science and robotics, Carnegie Mellon University
Sebastian Thrun ...
Himself, computer scientist, Stanford University
Raj Rajkumar ...
Himself, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Joydeep Biswas ...
Himself, assistant professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lesli Catsouras ...
Christos Catsouras ...
Christina Catsouras ...
Danielle Catsouras ...
Kira Catsouras ...
Felix James Lockman ...
Himself, astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (as Jay Lockman)


Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

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On October 29, 1969, the internet was born. Human life hasn't been the same since. See more »



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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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19 August 2016 (USA)  »

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$114,273 (USA) (19 August 2016)


$594,912 (USA)

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1.78 : 1
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The muffins and croissants on the table in the Catsouras interview were laid out by the family for Werner Herzog and crew. Cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger suggested that the food should stay in the shot to make it more interesting. See more »


Professor Leonard Kleinrock: The capacity on the ith channel, should be the traffic on the ith channel over the speed of the ith channel; plus how much capacity is left over - then you split it according to the square root of the traffic on that channel, over the summation of the square root over all channels. The mean response time will be equal to the average path length times the summation of the square root of the traffic on the J channel, over the sum of all the traffics; summed over all channels squared - over uc ...
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Highly entertaining and thought provoking, but aimed at a general audience
25 August 2016 | by (California, United States) – See all my reviews

As another reviewer pointed out, this documentary lacked somewhat in depth, mostly due to the sheer number of topics covered (I believe there were 10). That's quite a few for a 98 minute work, so don't expect a terribly lengthy discussion on any one topic. Nonetheless, I thought it was highly entertaining with plenty of dry, computer nerdy humor while also managing to squeeze in enough serious commentary to make this overall a very thought provoking documentary.

Each topic is (obviously) related to the internet and what has developed from and within it, and each topic is covered primarily through interviews with experts in various fields (for many of the experts interviewed, their enthusiasm for the subject is palpable and quite endearing), with a few breaks for personal interest stories related to a given topic. For the most part, the topics are covered in chronological order.

To me, the early days of the internet, artificial intelligence, and the "internet of me" were the best sections, but all were worthwhile. The sections on AI and "the internet of me" in particular really make you wonder what the world will look like in 20 or 30 years. It's difficult to think of another invention or innovation that has changed society as pervasively or as quickly as the internet has. This film does a nice job of capturing that recent history and imaginatively foreshadowing what might be just around the corner.

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