Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In his first collaboration with herzog, hes a spanish conquistador leading a doomed, increasingly surreal amazon. A haunting journey of natural wonder and tangible danger, aguirre transcends epic genre trappings and becomes mythological. It is a film that once viewed will haunt your dreams and days for a lifetime. The picture kept fading in and out with the brightness factor, and i dont think it was a very good transfer.
Werner herzog s aguirre, the wrath of god 1973 is one of the great haunting visions of the cinema. Werner herzog and klaus kinskis masterful achievement aguirre. This early masterpiece from werner herzog stars klaus kinski as a powercrazed explorer in sixteenth century. A film whose shooting difficulties have become at least as legendary as the final product, aguirre, the wrath of god sometimes titled without its the became director werner herzogs international breakthrough and established an entirely new age of german cinema, though the filmmaker didnt stay tethered to his native country for long. But the films importance also derives from the young german directors tense, behindthescenes relationship with actor klaus kinski. In this film, he attacks the ageold quest to dominate and conquer the world, depicting it as sheer madness. It is not a particularly arty or pretentious foreign film, which is good for the newbies.
Aguirre, the wrath of god film by herzog 1972 britannica. Aguirre gathers recordings made between 1972 and 1974 embodying the distinctive characteristics of popol vuhs early70s sonic identity. Werner herzogs aguirre, the wrath of god is one of the great haunting visions of the cinema. The wrath of god is considered a cult film, and i am one who worships at that particular alter.
Aguirre, the wrath of god is one of werner herzogs most brilliant achievements. No 11 best arthouse film of all time werner herzog, 1972 stuart jeffries. Aguirre proclaims to be the wrath of god, the conquerer of this uncivilised land, because he is an embodiment of colonialist or using the modernday term, capitalist culture. Media in category aguirre, the wrath of god this category contains only the following file. It is a film of ideas rather than plot or spectacle. But the subtitles are clear and yellow and wellplaced at the bottom of the screeen so as to never obscure the action or dialog. Klaus kinski, alejandro repulles, cecilia rivera, helena rojo, edward roland, ruy guerra werner herzog was born on 5th of september 1942 in munich as. Noted by legendary film critic roger ebert as one of his top ten favorite films of all time, this masterpiece from oscarnominated director werner herzog is an unforgettable portrait of madness and power. Aguirre, the wrath of god, known in the uk as aguirre, wrath of god, is a 1972 west german epic film written and. Aguirre, the wrath of god 1972 werner herzog synopsis.
Set in south america during the 16 th century, aguirre follows an expedition. Fernando was eventually murdered when he questioned aguirres scheme of sailing to the atlantic, conquering panama, crossing the isthmus and invading peru. However, it is definitely not a movie that is out to entertain or dazzle its audience. The most famed and wellregarded collaboration between new german cinema director werner herzog and his frequent leading man, klaus kinski, this epic historical drama was legendary for the arduousness of its onlocation filming and the convincing zealous obsession employed by kinski in playing the title role. Savant thanks david roth and mark wickum for corrections to the text with two new dvd releases, anchor bay completes an extraordinary unofficial trilogy, three unique films directed by the german wunderkind werner herzog. I first saw this back in the mid90s on a poor quality vhs tape. While watching aguirre, the wrath of god i was struck with an analogy to joseph conrads the heart of darkness. Aguirre is shown to visibly go insane, he mistreats everyone under him and he feels everyone is under him and acts as a dictator. He stalks back and forth across the deck, now half awash, vowing that he will personally find ei dorado, will conquer it singlehandedly, will populate it by marrying his sister. Herzog is a german film director known for influential films including aguirre, the wrath of god, fitzcarraldo, nosferatu the vampyre and. With two new dvd releases, anchor bay completes an extraordinary unofficial trilogy, three unique films directed by the german wunderkind werner herzog. Sep 25, 20 this time the unfortunate shot shows angel aguirre, the governor of guerrero state, with local politicians, federal legislators and two former governors at a party, mariachis playing, a woman singing. And german director werner herzog had klaus kinski.
Aguirre, the wrath of god known in the uk as aguirre, wrath of god, is a 1972 epic historical drama film written and directed by werner herzog. To optimize your experience with your screen reading software, please use our website, which has the same tickets as our fandango. The wrath of god is a haunting visionary adventure that was as much of an adventure to create as what we see on the screen. Importlatin america by werner herzog spanish subtitles at. The soundtrack was composed and performed by west german kosmische band popol vuh.
Aguirre, the wrath of god is an allegory of the madness that took over germany during the nazis reign. Exhausted and near to admitting failure in its quest for riches, the 165051. In some ways, what you are seeing is nothing short of the absolute truth. Only two tracks aguirre i and aguirre ii are from the film. Aguirre, the wrath of god essay analysis english 201.
It tells the story of the doomed expedition of the conquistador gonzalo pizarro, who in 1560 and 1561 led a body of men into the peruvian rain forest, lured by stories of the lost city. With klaus kinski, ruy guerra, helena rojo, del negro. Aguirre, the wrath of god 1972 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Here are a few outofcontext translated quotes from the 1972 movie aguirre, the wrath of god to get you in the mood. In one opening scene, when the carriage holding aguirres daughter tips over and threatens to collapse, a hand comes in from the right side of the frame to assist the actors in steadying their hold. In aguirres defense, its not immediately clear what else he could usefully have been doing that friday night. Aguirre, the wrath of god leaves you feeling as if you are watching a documentary rather than a fictionalized drama. Noted by legendary film critic roger ebert as one of his top ten favorite films of all time, this. With a stolen camera, a script, a tiny crew and no storyboard, herzog set out to film a story of megalomania and madness. What he has created is something that exists only the way it is because of the circumstances it was created in. Other articles where aguirre, the wrath of god is discussed. The wrath of god would have to count as one of my favorite movies of all time.
Aguirre 1972 is directed by werner herzog fitzcarraldo and was filmed on location in the peruvian rain forest on the amazon river. Savant thanks david roth and mark wickum for corrections to the text. And nobody disputes that the dinner was an official event. It contains music used in the soundtrack to werner herzogs film aguirre, the wrath of god 1972, first released as an album in 1975 on ohr, and reissued in 2004 by spv with one bonus track.
They were in chilpancingo, the state capital, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first congress to be held after the war of independence. Appearing in 1972, aguirre put herzog on the map of world cinema. Aguirre, the wrath of god 1972 directed by werner herzog. Aguirre is the seventh album by german band popol vuh. Aguirre, the wrath of god fitzcarraldo cobra verde. Spectacularly set in the jungles of south america, werner herzogs historical adventure charts a spanish conquistadors descent into madness as he seizes control of. Aguirre, the wrath of god, follows a band of spanish explorers into unmapped territory, recording their gradual mental and physical selfdestruction. Aguirre, the wrath of god 1972 this is the film that catapulted german director werner herzog into international fame and the one that first showcased for the world his most characteristic themes. The wrath of god 1972 was last rereleased here more than 10 years ago. Whats the big deal aguirre, the wrath of god 1972 mtv.
Aguirre, a professional soldier, decided that he could use the 300 men to overthrow the spanish government in peru. Every man for himself and god against all or the mystery of kaspar hauser is a. Jun 24, 2014 there is a thin line between cinematic illusion and the kind of delusion at the heart of aguirre, and the first facilitates the plausibility of the second. But you do have to surrender to the pace and flow of aguirre, in order to get it. Werner herzogs aguirre, the wrath of god 1973 is one of the great haunting visions of the cinema. The wrath of god is a film that combines the best elements of such diverse great films as alien, 2001. The wrath of god is a powerful film and an impressive achievement from a filmmaking perspective. The wrath of god is art in its purest and rawest form. When their rafts are damaged, one decides to return to the camp, while aguirre leads a mutiny and takes charge of the patrol.
In 1560, several score of spanish conquistadors, and a hundred indian slaves, march down from the newly conquered inca empire in the andes mountains into the jungles to. Aguirre, the wrath of god was inspired by herzogs readings of actual adventures of the spanish conquistadors, and features several real historical figures including aguirre, but is almost. Moma werner herzogs aguirre, the wrath of god there is a thin line between cinematic illusion and the kind of delusion at the heart of aguirre, and the first facilitates the plausibility of the second. There are a lot of directors who work with that special someone of an actor forging a partnership that becomes legendary within the cinematic world. Forced to halt, two men are sent downriver with a patrol. Aguirre, wrath of god 1972 west germany 95mins source. Aguirre, wrath of god is an obsessive film, about obsession. The viewer is overwhelmed with a vision of the utter futility of the power principle in human affairs. Mar 17, 2015 werner herzogs aguirre, the wrath of god is one of the great haunting visions of the cinema.519 114 8 880 1033 79 1604 1459 38 13 1497 918 1201 871 545 891 694 323 1371 1040 1522 1363 171 249 642 900 184 682 637 560 793 983 123 1111