Saturday, June 26, 2010

Capsule Review: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

The first film featuring the fiery combination of director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski, the pair's often strained relationship would go on to produce several masterpieces before Kinski's death in 1991. These films were notable not only for the behind-the-scenes drama, but also for how the difficulties presented in the films were reflected by the difficulties in making them. Filmed in the Peruvian rainforest, Herzog's attempts to tell of a group of conquistadores search for the lost city of gold often looks quite dangerous, particularly the scenes taking place on trecherous looking rapids. However, despite the troubles the result is often absolutely amazing. Kinski creates one of cinema's most enduring and memorable villains, and gets one of the all time great scenes on an empty raft, surrounded by monkeys.

1 comment:

Christopher Bussmann said...

Perhaps the greatest screen performance of all-time.