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Cobra Verde

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, Ghana, 1987
Drama, Adventure
  • German, English, French
  • English, French
Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions

Synopsis

The career of Francisco Manoel da Silva (Klaus Kinski), a.k.a. “Cobra Verde”, who goes from farmer to bandit to slave trader in a cutthroat colonial century.

Our take

Part one of our series of Werner Herzog features closes on his fifth and final collaboration with Klaus Kinski. A historical epic filtered through Herzog’s inimitable gaze, Cobra Verde bursts with remarkable sights and sounds, for a portrait of savage human nature that lingers long after the end.

Cobra Verde Directed by Werner Herzog

Critics reviews

Herzog’s cavalier indifference to plot coherence serves Cobra Verde, informing it with a caged, irrational dream-like force. This film is disjointed and episodic (the first act, a misleading Jodorowsky-tinged western, imparts little in the way of conventional exposition, though it establishes the rules of the film’s defiantly subjective game), and, for that, a feeling of deep futility characterizes da Silva’s actions that’s reinforced by the African political infighting that will initially benefit him.
August 03, 2014
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