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Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Original Title : Fitzcarraldo
Director : Werner Herzog
Writer : Werner Herzog
Genre : Adventure
Drama
Country : Germany
Language : German
Producer : Werner Herzog , Renzo Rossellini , Walter Saxer , Willi Segler , Lucki Stipetic
Music : Popol Vuh
Photography : Thomas Mauch
Distributor : Hemispheric Pictures LLC
IMDB ID : 0083946
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Fitzcarraldo (1982) - Werner Herzog
 

Starring

Klaus Kinski Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'
José Lewgoy Don Aquilino
Miguel Ángel Fuentes Cholo
Paul Hittscher Captain (Orinoco Paul
Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez Huerequeque (The Cook
Grande Otelo Station master
Peter Berling Opera Manager
David Pérez Espinosa Chief of Campa Indians
Milton Nascimento Blackman At Opera House
Ruy Polanah Rubber Baron
Salvador Godínez Old Missionary
Dieter Milz Young Missionary
William L. Rose Notary (as Bill Rose
Leoncio Bueno Molly
Isabel Jimines de Cisneros Opera Singer (uncredited
Jean-Claude Dreyfus Opera Singer (uncredited
Jesús Goiri Opera Singer (uncredited
Veriano Luchetti Opera Singer (uncredited
Lourdes Magalhaes Opera Singer (uncredited
Christian Mantilla Opera Singer (uncredited
Costante Moret Opera Singer (uncredited
Dimiter Petkov Opera Singer (uncredited
Mietta Sighele Opera Singer (uncredited
Liborio Simonella Opera Singer (uncredited
 

Plot

Kinski plays the title role of an obsessed opera lover who wants to build an opera in the jungle. To accomplish this he first has to make a fortune in the rubber business, and his cunning plan involves hauling an enormous river boat across a small mountain with aid from the local indians.
 

Comments

Beautiful Obsessions..., 7 July 2005 Author: Galina from Virginia, USA Full of bravura and inspiring sequences the bizarre epic "Fitzcarraldo" won Werner Herzog the best director award at Cannes Festival in 1982. This is the film that keeps reminding us the words of Oscar Wilde, "We are all in the gutter but some of us look at the stars". Even fewer try to reach the stars and Werner Herzog and his longtime collaborator and frequent adversary Klaus Kinski were certainly the men who have reached them. Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (or Fitzcaralado - the local Indians' name for Fitzgerald) was a visionary, a man with a beautiful obsession who dreamed of a building an opera house in the Peruvian rain forests and bringing the great singer Enrico Caruso there. Fitzcaralado's plan involved dragging a huge steamship over a small mountain to avoid traveling upstream through rapids. This plan was duplicated by Herzog during the production and involved the real Indians actually hauling the boat over the mountain. The image of the boat floating in the clouds and the small figure of Fitzcarraldo dressed in the white suit looking with his crazy wild eyes at the boat is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking visions at the screen ever. This film is not as perfect as Herzog's and Kinski's previous project, the stunning "Aguirre, The Wrath of God" but it is a magnificent and fascinating tale that could only be told by its matchless team of creators.
 
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