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.
Herzog drags a ridiculous amount of people on rickety log rafts through raging rivers and doesn't kill anyone this time (just about). If there was ever any proof that artists write themselves into their characters, this is it. Insanity, for sure, but the results are startling. More modern filmmakers need to take risks like this.
Herzog combines the sublime with the pedestrian in his Aguirre, an epic descent into utter chaos and madness. Kinski is certainly the perfect embodiment of psychosis both on and off screen. The legendary dark halo around the film and the gravitas of both stars more than compensate for elementary aesthetics and perhaps the fact that Herzog's naturalistic style does not truly compliment the sense of psychosis intended.
To steal from a user on another site, it feels so true that this could be a forgotten TV-film remembered in a stoned stupor by few. Such is the immodest strangeness of 'Aguirre', a 90-min fever dream that feels like 30 and will probably plague you until end days. In fable form Herzog delivers an essence of truth, about the fallibility of man and their conquests, in which surrealism is closer to authentic nature.
I have the unfortunate honour of resembling Klaus facially (which would work if I wasn't female and mixed with a chubby, injured Minnie Driver) so refuse to knock his madness at any point. It's probably a comment on my pathetic attention span, but I do find Wenders' large-scale epics to drag a bit at points, but the beyond-real strain and back breaking effort of the whole thing makes you feel guilty not to finish it.
4.5 I loved the running time. 1.5 hours was enough for Herzog to create this entire universe and flesh out all these idiosyncratic characters fully. Unlike some of today's "auteurs" who insist on 3 hour "director's cuts." This movie reminded me of the recent "Embrace of the Serpent." That too was set in uncharted waters of South America, but could have been edited to keep the viewer's attention.
Werner Herzog's apparent masterpiece, but not my favorite of his. I've heard complaints of it looking and feeling amateur, but I don't agree with that criticism. I think that it does have more of a documentary feel to it, but that adds to the film instead of takes away. Kinski is great as usual.