Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes Aguirre, the Wrath of God Werner Herzog 1972 West GermanyScreenplay: Werner Herzog; Producers: Hessicher Rundfunk, Werner Herzog; Photography: Thomas Mauch; Music: Popol Vuh; Cast: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra.In 1560, an ambitious soldier in Pizarro's conquistador army leads a mission on raft down the Amazon River, and slowly goes mad.One of those you'd have to see, not so much because it is entirely different from what synopses or written observations of aesthetic suggest, but because it is so ambitious, so magnificent and so haunting that justice seems lacking in almost every write-up. Herzog is fascinated by obsessed people, geniuses perhaps, and here it is a man obsessed with the idea of taking over not only the troop he is part of, but leading them into conquering the world. It begins with a breathtaking shot of what seems an entire army descending a mountain through the clouds, and then ascending, in the foreground of the same shot, the opposite side of the valley; moves into a vaguely interesting exposition of the troop of soldiers who face starvation if they are to remain at their new camp; and then focuses entirely on one mad soldier in particular, as he leads them to their deaths. The final shot is in stark contrast and rhythm to the opening one; Herzog's masterpiece, notable for Kinski's performance, Popol Vuh's score, and the location shooting, which belies the budget.
I'm an ugly bag of mostly water born to be informed and the only one that knows me is Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Aguirre: The Wrath of God Werner Herzog 1972 A good character study, hampered by Herzog's failure to establish any real lasting narrative arc, his overuse of freehand (although I have trouble blaming the guy here, considering he's shooting in the middle of a jungle with a reported eight person crew), bad special effects, and the annoyingly dubbed dialogue. Kinski was good, but didn't get enough screen time. I liked the subtle guitar and organ soundtrack though.