Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski), better known as Fitzcarraldo, wants to build the world’s largest opera house in the middle of the Amazon jungle. But to fund it, the entrepreneur will have to venture deep into the wilderness and the unknown…
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The irony of Herzog's cinematic vision is inescapable given the film's inspiration. He's certainly not ignorant to the legacy of exploitation in this region, so why does he so casually disregard the native population and the natural beauty of the Amazon? Herzog even referred to himself as the "Conquistador of the Useless" in reference to the film. Despite its warts, I still find Kinski endlessly fascinating.
A titanically ambitious production moved by the passion of a director for film as an analogy of that of Fitzarraldo's for opera. I give you that. A record playing Caruso on a boat along the Amazonas is unforgettable, but the excessively objetive style of Herzog keeps me from connecting with the characters, from making their obsession my own. At all times this film makes me feel like an observer, it never lets me in.
Dejaré que Herzog, esta vez, hable por mi. Nadie mejor para hacerlo. En su diario de filmación de Fitzcarraldo, "Conquista de lo Inúitl", escribe: "Miré a mi alrededor, y en el mismo odio en ebullición se encontraba, furiosa y humeante, la selva, mientras que el río, con majestuosa indiferencia y sarcástico desdén, todo lo minimizaba: las fatigas de los hombres, la carga de los sueños y los suplicios del tiempo."
Another tale of men with impossible dreams in nature, Herzog's favorite theme, and of course making of the film was something impossible made possible too. By watching this I've realized how great Herzog really is, and I think he's one of my favorite film makers now. This is a masterpiece.
Essential cinema. This legendary production was a tale of obsession, madness and exploitation on both sides of the camera. Herzog's madness/folly has been well documented as has the antics of Klaus Kinski on this production but it still resulted in classic cinema that is epic in scope and breathtaking in execution. ' The proof is ...that I saw it with my own eyes...'
The ultimate vision of life imitating art. The boat being dragged over the mountain both for a fictional character and a real life director. A grand metaphor that should inspire all of us. Faith may not move mountains, but it can drag a ship over one.