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  • When I first saw the film at 19, I didn’t like it, expecting more adventure, but it quickly grew to become one of my favorite films

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      Aguirre: Wrath Of God is a 1971 Werner Herzog film about a group of conquistadors in search of the lost city of El Doro. They are led by Don Aguirre (Klause Kinski), a megalomaniac driven insane by his lust for power and fame. Along their voyage, they are destroyed by the elements, cannibalistic natives and their own greed. The film is a study of what happens when

      man is foolish enough to believe that he can conquer nature. The film is a haunting voyage into the heart of madness, filled with surrealistic images including a man being decapitated in mid-sentence and his severed head finishing what he was saying, a sail boat lodged in a tree (none of the conquistadors are sure if it is real or just an hallucination brought on by sickness) and a ...

      • boat filled with several hundred monkeys. When I first saw the film at 19, I didn’t like it, expecting more adventure, but it quickly grew to become one of my favorite films. Herzog has a great eye for the kind of beauty that is both tormented and lyrical. The kind of beauty that unlocks the subconscious and makes one see the world around them in terms of
        a war between chaos and poetry.

        At the center of the film is Kinski’s performance, which is terrifying in its quietness. Though the actor has very little dialogue, behind his eyes lies a universe of rage. This possibly stems from the fact that, according to many accounts, Kinski was a madman in real life, often exploding into uncontrollable screaming fits.

        Quite simply the greatest German film ever made.




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