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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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Audacious and imperfect, unique and disappointing See more (77 total) »

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)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
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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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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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Trivia:
A real 340-ton steamship was moved over the mountain with a bulldozer, without the use of special effects.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During one of the boat drifting scenes, crew members can be seen at the top of the boat, including a man wearing jeans who tries to avoid being spotted by the camera.See more »
Quotes:
Don Aquilino:Ladies and gentlemen, don't worry. This gentleman is harmless. He's just had a, a soul-stirring experience.
Rubber Baron:Sir. My servants will conduct you to the kitchen. My dogs' cook will prepare you a meal. Thank you very much, sir. You were superb.
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo':To your dogs' cook.
[downs champagne glass]
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo':To Verdi.
[downs champagne glass]
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo':To Rossini.
[downs champagne glass]
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo':To Caruso.
[downs champagne glass]
[...]
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Opera on boardSee more »

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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Audacious and imperfect, unique and disappointing, 22 December 2009
Author: secondtake from United States

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

The plot, and the necessary parallel in making the movie, is audacious, and the end is a quiet, satisfying thrill. That, and the intense performance by the lead, Klaus Kinski, is what keeps people watching this movie, which is utterly unique.

But Fitzcarraldo is not especially lyrical, original, well-written, or well-acted. It has not worn well. I first saw it sometime in the 1980s and it was somehow mesmerizing, if imperfect. The whole exotic flavor of Peru and these foreigners acting exceedingly foreign was based on a dreamy idea that high culture (opera) can and should rise above all else. It was a triumph of the spirit of the individual. Twenty years later that is tempered by the absolute imperialism, bombast, blindness, and idiocy of it all. No longer swayed by the aura of the plot, the flaws in the way the film was made jump out.

For starters, the language. To have some native Spanish speakers talking in German and others, with haphazardness, speaking Spanish or some indigenous language, is inconsistent. Not that they should speak English, no way, but either have them seem to be natives with a knowledge of German, or just use subtitles. Further worrisome are the stereotypes, the "types" of people cast as the cook, his lovers, the captain, the natives, and so on, many of whom do not really act so much as play out their cardboard expectations.

The camera-work is interesting because it is not notable--and maybe this is intentional, because too much lyricism would distract from the facts. But the facts, you notice, are not really convincing. We have a fictional movie no matter how painstaking the famous scenes with the boat toward the end. It falters too often into cliché and, actually, mediocrity (I see this even in the last scene, the crowd on the shore, there they are, nothing more is said).

Maybe I take it to literally, and I should blur out the details. Because as a metaphor of possibility, and of the huge price you have to pay to succeed, or to fail beautifully, it still holds up. In some weird way, because it dared to be different, the movie is still remarkable. But something different than I once thought.

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