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Movie Details

Title:   Fitzcarraldo
Director:   Werner Herzog
Year:   1982
Genre:   Drama
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   01.08.06

Other Movies Seen By This Director (14)
- Aguirre: The Wrath of God
- The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams
- Grizzly Man
- Into the Abyss
- Into the Inferno
- Lessons in Darkness
- Little Dieter Needs to Fly
- My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
- Nosferatu
- Rescue Dawn
- Wheel of Time
- The White Diamond
- The Wild Blue Yonder

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
01.08.06Alamo Downtown Ahhh Werner. the only thing that could have made this movie is if he somehow narrated it in English. I love the way he talks, man. LOVE IT. I also love how there's only like one miniature shot in this entire movie. The same with Aguirre, there's a tangible feel that the look of authenticity has that cannot be faked. Herzog is crazy... but I love it. I love how he sets out to make a movie about a guy who wants to drag a huge steamship over a mountain, and all the foolishness of that but his sheer will pulls him through... and then in order to make that movie he himself has to do the exact same thing. Circumstances of production aside though, I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. When I first saw Aguirre I didn't like it at all but after listening to the commentary track just in that amazing beginning shot of all the guys coming down the mountain, I couldn't turn it off and watched it straight through with the commentary back to back. Since then, the movie's grown on me to the point where I think I'll like it when I see it again. I was expecting the same thing with Fitzcarraldo, but instead I found it to be impressive, touching, funny, and charming. Kinski, although he can never look completely sane, can have a strange innocent vulnerability in his eyes sometimes... and I think Herzog really knew how to use him to his fullest. Having said that, I have to think I got more out of this movie having seen the excellent documentary Burden of Dreams beforehand. When the indians paint their faces black and the crew of the ship spends a night worrying about death, I figured that this was Herzog's integrating an incident that he witnessed while shooting where a rival tribe either injured or killed a boy or something so the whole tribe went off to war and there wasn't anything Herzog could do to stop it.

Either way though, I am so glad I got to see this on the big screen. And with a brand new 35mm print to boot! I really think this is a movie that could not be made today... just impossible. And that's one of the greatest things about movies... they show us how crazy we used to be.
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