During the 1800s, paroled Brazilian bandit Cobra Verde is sent to West Africa with a few troops to man an old Portuguese fort and to convince the local African ruler to resume the slave trade with Brazil.
In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »
A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
El Hedi ben Salem,
A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction?Written by
Chris Makrozahopoulos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Werner Herzog invented Klaus Kinski's unique style of walking that was part of his performance as Aguirre. Herzog refers to it as being "crab-like" and that Aguirre is meant to have a hunch back. See more »
In one of the final shots, as the camera circles Aguirre's raft, the camera boat's wake is visible. See more »
That is no ship. That is no forest.
[Arrow hits him]
That is no arrow. We just imagine the arrows because we fear them.
Don Lope de Aguirre:
These arrows are real!
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The original released version is spoken in German. The actors spoke a variety of languages on set (including English), and the lines had to be re-recorded in post-production in the final language. Because of this, the dubbed English version is preferred by some. See more »
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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