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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Werner Herzog Västtyskland, 1972

dAlton Anthony's rating of the film Aguirre - Guds vrede

You will not find a more penetrating exploration of greed and desire. Herzog systematically peels the armor of civilization away from the Spanish conquest of South America until nothing is left but the naked underbelly of power. Kinski is riveting. There is an absence of indigenous (women's) voices. The two female characters are led through vines, swamps and rapids on sedan chairs, rarely uttering a word.