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Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1972
Adventure, Drama, History
  • German, English
  • Danish, English, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions


The legend of El Dorado, a land rich in gold tempts Gonzalo Pizarro to lead an expedition beyond the Andes in 1560. Forced to halt, two men are sent downriver with a patrol. When their rafts are damaged, one decides to return on the camp, while Aguirre leads a mutiny and takes charge of the patrol.

Our take

More Werner Herzog! Our retrospective moves beyond Herzog’s documentaries to his Ecstatic Fictions. The most famous of his extreme visions, Aguirre is a haunting masterwork on human ambition, forged in harsh conditions and forever engraving the madness of star Klaus Kinski into the pantheon.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God Directed by Werner Herzog

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