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Fitzcarraldo (1982)

The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'
... Molly
... Don Aquilino
... Cholo
Paul Hittscher ... Captain (Orinoco Paul)
Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez ... Huerequeque (The Cook) (as Huerequeque Enrique Bohórquez)
Grande Otelo ... Station master (as Grande Othelo)
... Opera Manager
David Pérez Espinosa ... Chief of Campa Indians
... Black Man At Opera House
Ruy Polanah ... Rubber Baron
Salvador Godínez ... Old Missionary
Dieter Milz ... Young Missionary
William Rose ... Notary (as Bill Rose)
Leoncio Bueno
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Fitzcarraldo is an obsessed opera lover who wants to build an opera in the jungle. To accomplish this he first has to make a fortune in the rubber business, and his cunning plan involves hauling an enormous river boat across a small mountain with aid from the local Indians. Written by Rune Sandnes <rune@nvg.unit.no>

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Trivia

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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': This church remains closed until this town has its opera house. I want the opera house.
[shouting and ringing the church bells]
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': I want my opera house! I want the opera house! This church remains closed until this town has its opera house. I want my opera house! I want my opera house! I want my opera house!
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Soundtracks

Opera on board
from "I Puritani" by Vincenzo Bellini
Orquesta Sinfonica del Repertorio, Lima
Conducted by Maestro Manuel Cuadros Barr
Chorus Camerata Vocale "Orfeo"
Soli: Dona Elvira: Isabel Jimines de Cisneros
Arturo: Liborio Simonella
Giorgio: Jesús Goiri
Walton: Christian Mantilla
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Insane
12 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

An operatic film, in keeping with it's content. Herzog's film is simple. It is made without recourse to any effects. Consequently it remains an act of film-making chutzpah that will never be repeated and one cannot take one's eyes from the screen. Amazingly Herzog manages to make some sort of narrative and visual variation from this situation. Rather like this seemingly unattainable task of moving a huge vessel overland between two proximate but apparently unbridgeable tributaries, so Fitzcaraldo's ambition is to bring the pinnacle of Western art to one of the world's least civilised outposts. The outcome - the closing sequence of the film - may be classed a success or failure depending how one's perception of what constitutes either is reassigned by the experience of the journey that is the body of the film.

Kinski is a wonderful force of nature, at once dilletante madman and visionary. That we are kept guessing is the centre of the drama. The casting of Cardinale as his faithful lover seems like an odd gilding exercise until the exuberant finale - by which time Herzog has performed some sort of alchemy. An extraordinary achievement, and all the more so given the disastrous living-memory precedents of Apocalypse Now and Heaven's Gate. 7.5/10


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