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Release Date:
10 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Klaus Kinski ... Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'

Claudia Cardinale ... Molly

José Lewgoy ... Don Aquilino
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Cholo
Paul Hittscher ... Captain (Orinoco Paul)
Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez ... Huerequeque (The Cook) (as Huerequeque Enrique Bohórquez)
Grande Otelo ... Station master (as Grande Othelo)
Peter Berling ... Opera Manager
David Pérez Espinosa ... Chief of Campa Indians
Milton Nascimento ... Blackman At Opera House
Ruy Polanah ... Rubber Baron
Salvador Godínez ... Old Missionary
Dieter Milz ... Young Missionary
William Rose ... Notary (as Bill Rose)
Leoncio Bueno
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isabel Jimines de Cisneros ... Opera Singer (uncredited)

Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Jesús Goiri ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Veriano Luchetti ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Lourdes Magalhaes ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Christian Mantilla ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Costante Moret ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Dimiter Petkov ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Mietta Sighele ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Liborio Simonella ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
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Werner Herzog 

Produced by
Werner Herzog .... producer
Renzo Rossellini .... associate producer
Walter Saxer .... executive producer
Willi Segler .... producer
Lucki Stipetic .... producer
 
Original Music by
Popol Vuh 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Mauch 
 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
 
Production Design by
Ulrich Bergfelder 
Henning von Gierke 
 
Costume Design by
Gisela Storch 
 
Makeup Department
Gloria Fava .... hair stylist
Gloria Fava .... makeup artist
Stefano Fava .... hair stylist
Stefano Fava .... makeup artist
Jaque Monteiro .... assistant makeup artist
Carlos Prieto .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gustavo Cerff Abulu .... production manager: Peru (as Gustavo Cerff Arbulú)
George Sluizer .... production manager: Brazil
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Confalonieri .... assistant director: Brazil (as Frederico Confalonieri)
Jorge Vignati .... assistant director
 
Art Department
César Vivanco Luna .... construction: Camp Rio Camisea
Jaíme Mourõa Rios .... construction: Indin camp
Victor Trigoso .... construction: Camp Rio Camisea
 
Sound Department
Juarez Dagoberto Costa .... sound (as Juarez Dagoberto)
Zezé d'Alice .... sound (as Zezé D'Alice)
 
Special Effects by
Miguel Vázquez .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rainer Klausmann .... second camera
Beat Presser .... assistant camera
Beat Presser .... still photographer
Hans-Peter Vogt .... lighting technician
Raimund Wirner .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Franz Blumauer .... assistant costume designer
Elisabeth Irmer .... assistant costume designer
Rosemary Kaye .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Linda Kuusisto .... assistant editor
Carola Mai .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Tercero Efraín Panaifo Indama .... tractorist
 
Other crew
Pedro Natorce Ahuanari .... boat crew
Tomás Parraga Aliaga .... medical staff (as Dr. Tomás Parraga Aliaga)
Walter Pinedo Alvarez .... boat crew
Claire André .... production secretary: Peru
Eglington Ayarza Boulloza .... technical advisor
Pedro Padilla Chota .... boat crew
Guardamino Benigno Paucar .... technical advisor
Victor Tello Pinedo .... medical staff
Nancy Rios .... production secretary: Peru
William Rose .... dialogue director (as William L. Rose)
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer .... script
Werner Schroeter .... opera director: stage scene
El Tigre Carlos Calvo Soria .... forest worker
René Baneo Vazquez .... boat crew
Rachel Griffiths .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Les Blank .... special thanks
Miguel Camateiri Fernandez .... thanks
Nicolás Camateiri Fernandez .... thanks
Pascual Camateiri Fernandez .... thanks
Peter Matthiessen .... special thanks
Joseph D. Peckerman .... special thanks
David Pérez Espinosa .... thanks
Sam Shepard .... special thanks
José Koechlin von Stein .... special thanks: idea
 

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158 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (re-rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (bw)
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A real 340-ton steamship was moved over the mountain with a bulldozer, without the use of special effects.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: When the two crew members fight with each other, the shadow of the camera is visible on the left one.See more »
Quotes:
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo':How can anyone learn patriotism from a school book?
Young Missionary:The Government requires it.
Old Missionary:The natives get used to it. Like vaccination.
Young Missionary:The children already feel like little Peruvians. The other day I asked them, "Are you Indians?" "No," they said, "not we, the ones up the river, they are Indians." And then I asked. "What are Indians?" "They said to me "Indians are people who can't read and who don't know how to wash their clothes."
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo':And what about the older people?
Old Missionary:Well, we can't seem to cure them of the idea that our everyday life is only an illusion, behind which lies the reality of dreams.
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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
post-war Germany's great romantic, 6 May 2001
Author: J. Harlan

Like Fitzcarraldo, Herzog has a well-known passion for opera--he's been known to conduct on occasion and refers to music as the territory of "ecstatic truth." Film, too, has that potential, if it's released from the literal and the director concentrates on the importance of "great images." It's no surprise, then, that Herzog made Fitzcarraldo without a well-defined narrative goal. He just wanted to see if he could do it.

Filmmaking is a personal and social process for him, not a finished product. It's an extreme version of method acting. Like Fitzcarraldo's lifting of the boat, grand gestures go far for Herzog, if only to show the world that you're great and visionary enough to try. Most of his characters are done in by their obsessive drive (Fitzcarraldo's boat crashing into the rapids, Aguirre madly pacing about on his raft), but leave behind something beautiful. Like a boat being dragged up a mountain in Peru with ropes and pulleys or a gun depot going up like the 4th of July.

You can't give Herzog too much credit--he's been more careful not to be done in by his hubris than any of his characters were. In fact, he's capitalized on it, much the same way Cappola did after Apocalypse Now or Hopper did after Easy Rider. No doubt, the tales of his misadventures contribute as much to his films' popularity as the stories and images themselves, and he's been quick to market his persona with books, talks, and films about himself, the mad director.

But still, Herzog is a great romantic that was born of a time and place (Munich, 1942) with few romantics, which is its own great feat. See Fitzcarraldo for a little bit of that.

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