Friday, January 29, 2016

688. Fitzcarraldo

Directed by Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog has so far failed to impress me with his films, which I am sure has kept him up many nights.  This one made a bigger impact, although the fact that Herzog exploited natives for the sake of this movie dampens my enthusiasm a bit.

Fitzcarraldo plans on leasing an inaccesible parcel of land from the government in order to capitalize on the rubber trees.  He plans on getting there by hauling a steamship uphill with the help of the natives.  He will then use the money he earns to build an opera house.  Sounds like a good idea.  No more questions.

The pure feat of filming a movie in the Amazon is quite impressive, although like I said, the exploitation of indigenous people is absolutely horrendous.  It seems rather weird to then praise the film, but I have to say it is beautiful and Kinski does a good job, even though he is an ass.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

A real 340 steamship was moved over the mountain.  The crew used a bulldozer.

Klaus Kinski was a nightmare on set and argued with everyone constantly.

Apparently there were two prostitutes at camp.  Ugh.

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