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Fitzcarraldo

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, Peru, 1982
Drama, Action
  • English, German
  • Danish, English, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions

Synopsis

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…

Our take

How else could we end our epic Herzog series except here, on Klaus Kinski’s ultimate ecstasy? One of cinema’s most insane undertakings—the crew literally had to drag a steamboat up a mountain—Herzog’s crowning masterwork is a sweeping ode to mankind’s quest to leave a footprint on an infinite world.

Fitzcarraldo Directed by Werner Herzog

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1982 | Winner: Best Director

San Sebastián International Film Festival

1982 | Winner: OCIC Award

BAFTA Awards

1983 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

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