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Finally, After 30 or So Years, I've Finally Seen This Masterpiece.
I've been aware of "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" for some time. For one reason or another I just never had the time to watch it. I think my apprehension was simply the fact that having "God" in the title was enough to turn me away as I despise preachy religious films which, in the end, turns out to be nothing but propaganda to fill the church's pews. Happily, "Aguirre" is not that kind of film, not even close.
Despite its relatively low budget, and with a stolen 35mm camera to boot (!), the lush Amazon scenery was astounding to behold. You could practically feel the chill of the winds through the trees, the unnameable insects buzzing in your ears, the scent of the violent and deadly rapids churning around you, and the palpable desperation of everyone on screen. Who needs CGI when you can have real monkeys to annoy you up close? Shame on me for waiting so long to cast my gaze on this masterpiece. To make up for lost time, I hereby promise to see as many more Herzog/Kinski collaborations as I can muster.
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