Aguirre, the Wrath of God

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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

“The spectacle is real; the danger is real. It is the real life of the jungle, not the botanic gardens of the studio.” — Werner Herzog 

Director: Werner Herzog
Year: 1972
Country: West Germany
Running time: 93 mins
Censor Rating: PG

Screenplay: Werner Herzog
Producers: Werner Herzog, Hans Prescher
Photography: Thomas Mauch
Editor: Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
Music: Popol Vuh

In German with English subtitles

DCP

With: Klaus Kinski (Lope de Aguirre), Helena Rojo (Inez de Atienza), Del Negro (Carvajal), Ruy Guerra (Ursúa), Peter Berling (Guzman), Cecilia Rivera (Flores), Dany Ades (Perucho), Armando Polanha (Armando), Edward Roland (Okello)

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Once seen, never forgotten, this hallucinatory epic of Spanish conquistadors unhinged in the Amazon is the definitive Werner Herzog expedition to the edge. It was also the first of his fiery collaborations with the demonic Klaus Kinski. Drawing on a number of historical accounts, Aguirre traces the escalating paranoia and grandiose delusions of the mutinous Lope de Aguirre as he and his captive, ever-diminishing crew raft down an Amazonian river in search of El Dorado. The insanity of the venture is mirrored in the borderline sanity of filmmaker and scantily resourced crew making a film in the same jungle location. As the untested rafts drift and hurtle down the mighty river it’s obvious the extreme dangers and discomfits depicted are not being faked. Legend has it that the psychic warfare on screen was just as real: Herzog and Kinski each threatened to kill the other before filming reached its conclusion with the staggering final scene.

“With a new restoration, the sound of gobs being smacked will resound in cinemas once again. It looks more magnificent and mad than ever, one of the great folies de grandeur of 1970s cinema.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian