Director Werner Herzog returns to the exotic locales and obsessive themes of previous works in his Amazon masterpiece FITZCARRALDO. Klaus Kinski gives a terrifying and determined portrayal of mad genius Fitzcarraldo whose twin goals of making a fortune off the Amazon rubber trade and bringing an opera house to the jungle give the film its crushing centerpiece--the maniacal leaders Sisyphean efforts at hauling a gigantic steamship over a mountain bank. The single-minded and wickedly energetic Fitzcarraldo moves mountains (and a boat) with his will and along the way acts out a stunning and emotional battle between man and nature as in the similarly themed Herzog/Kinski collaboration AGUIRRE THE WRATH OF GOD. BR Herzogs razor-sharp attention to the minutiae of both Fitzcarraldos madness and the jungles corresponding apathy and enormity makes the film a breathtaking metaphor for civilizations impact on the natural world. The documentary style of the film (the cast and crew actually hauled the boat over the mountain) gives the tale an urgency and suspense that combined with Kinskis bravado performance and Herzogs striking sense of landscape make FITZCARRALDO an unforgettable experience.
Commentary by Werner Herzog, THE BURDEN OF DREAMS - Feature-length documentary
Release Date: 21 May 2007
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Running Time: 151 minutes
Production Year: 1982
Main Language: German