Never has a sad and mad expedition been shown with such tragic and insanity as with this one. In the middle stands Klaus Kinski doing one of his most famous trademark roles by being only himself at his most crazed and ogre-like. The few women that surrounds him are equally powerful and the jungle cinematography phenomenal. What Werner Herzog got out of his lousy budget and gonzo filming is a miracle in itself.
A film of such Nietzschean power that nothing can rival its genuine madness, its totalizing force. An ideologically dangerous masterpiece that simultaneously denounces and fantasizes about colonization & the triumph of individuality vs the weakness of collective thought.
Highly impressive achievement in film-making considering the locations and year of recording. Must have been a total pain in the ass to make, made it all the more enjoyable to watch for me though. Also love the unscripted scenes where Herzog included some of the surrounding wildlife (minus the monkey scene of course), really felt like they gave it all a sense of reality, elegance and wonder.
You can see where "Apocalypse Now" may have gotten its inspiration. A mesmerizing classic, exploring themes of megalomania and over-reliance on the powers of civilization. A sparse, yet highly effective soundtrack only enhances the hypnotic trip into the heart of madness.
a pretty overrated 'film'...all the praise seems to come from the filming style, the difficulty of making the film, the odd relationship between director-actor. interesting conceptual points but makes for about an hour of flat moving images with half an hour of brilliance at the end. will have to watch again
Un des grands chefs d'oeuvre de Herzog et un de ses thèmes chers, la mégalomanie (et par extension la folie de l'homme). Habité par un acteur à la démesure du rôle : Klaus Kinski ! Un film indispensable qui a influencé entre autres Coppola (Apocalypse Now) et Terrence Malick (le rapport de l'homme à la nature).
The after-effects of trepanning your skull and siphoning in swamp water. It's remarkable. Manages to be authentically hallucinogenic without being whatsoever druggy. One of the few films I would love to see in 4D... but a 4D that is genuinely quite painful and even dangerous.
Une performance dingue de Klaus Kinski et des images aussi fortes de Herzog. Il a une manière très vivante de filmer cette épisode de la colonisation espagnole en Amérique du Sud qui déjoue les codes des vieux péplum ou films historiques. Une descente au enfer inoubliable par Kinski.