Fire of Love

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things — each other, and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple were seduced by the thrill and danger of this elemental love triangle. They roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and their aftermath, documenting their discoveries in stunning photographs and breathtaking film to share with an increasingly curious public in media appearances and lecture tours. Ultimately, Katia and Maurice would lose their lives during a 1991 volcanic explosion on Japan’s Mount Unzen, but they would leave a legacy that would forever enrich our knowledge of the natural world.

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  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Stars: Miranda July, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft
  • Director: Sara Dosa
  • glenaobrien - 13 March 2024
    Not exactly a volcanic love
    Fire of Love is an Oscar-nominated National Geographic documentary about vulcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft. They were drawn together through a mutual fascination with volcanoes and spent their lives filming documentaries and educating people about them. Some of the footage is incredible. Though it's pitched as a love story, I found Maurice at times quite dismissive of Katia and couldn't see much love on display. Love of volcanoes, sure, but the chemistry between them wasn't exactly volcanic. There's plenty to marvel at here but more in terms of the natural wonders on display than the human story.
  • kawtharffathalla - 24 May 2023
    "When you could die at any moment, what do you leave behind?"
    "When you could die at any moment, what do you leave behind?"

    This documentary is a poetic exploration of curiosity, heated love, and what's left to be shared/told legacy of scientific devotion and a fatal passion/ obsession, and I'm here for it all.

    Never thought a documentary about volcanos and love could be this fascinating.

    It's the 4:3 for me, The archive footage is very astonishingly impressive!! The Kraffts were incredible storytellers on their own. And building a documentary using the majority of that real archival imagery amplified the watching experience, as it makes you enter a fascinating mental state viewing the Kraffts journey with a sense of proximity given the truthful reflection of their charismatic identities and romance, passionate career-centered lifestyle, and their obsessive important scientific studies.