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Aguirre, Wrath of God

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Werner Herzog | 1972 | 93 MINS
West Germany | Subtitles
International Panorama: Germany

Shot entirely on location in the wild Amazonian jungle, Herzog's ambitious film of doomed adventure and stunning, savage beauty remains one of his most extraordinary achievements.

In Detail

Herzog has described it as "a very personal film and still part of my life". The volatile German star Klaus Kinski, later described by Herzog as "probably the most difficult actor in the world to deal with", was his inspired and only choice for the role of Don Lope de Aguirre, a power-crazy explorer in sixteenth-century South America who leads a band of conquistadors through the Amazon in search of El Dorado.

Beset by the physical and mental challenges of the terrain - dangerous rapids, whirlpools, floods, starvation, mutiny, disease and deadly Indian snipers - the men begin to hallucinate and fantasize. They are overpowered by the murderous intent and descent into absolute madness of Aguirre, who declares himself the "wrath of God" With Klaus Kinski, Cecilia Rivera, Ruy Guerra and Peter Berling.

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