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Director Werner Herzog returns to the exotic locales and obsessive themes of previous works in his Amazon masterpiece, FITZCARRALDO. Klaus Kinski gives a terrifying and determined portrayal of mad genius Fitzcarraldo, whose twin goals of making a fortune off the Amazon rubber trade and bringing an opera house to the jungle give the film its crushing centerpiece--the maniacal leader's Sisyphean efforts at hauling a gigantic steamship over a mountain bank. The single-minded and wickedly energetic Fitzcarraldo moves mountains (and a boat) with his will and along the way acts out a stunning and emotional battle between man and nature, as in the similarly themed Herzog/Kinski collaboration AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD.
razor-sharp attention to the minutiae of both Fitzcarraldo's madness and the jungle's corresponding apathy and enormity makes the film a breathtaking metaphor for civilization's impact on the natural world. The documentary style of the film (the cast and crew actually hauled the boat over the mountain) gives the tale an urgency and suspense that, combined with Kinski's bravado performance and Herzog's striking sense of landscape, make FITZCARRALDO an unforgettable experience.
Directed by Werner Herzog. Starring Klaus Kinski, José Lewgoy, Claudia Cardinale.
Video Format: Widescreen
Extra Info: Special Edition
Audio Format: Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Sound, Stereo Sound, AC3
# of Discs: 1
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Languages: German
Subtitled Languages: English
Closed Captioned Languages: English
Dubbed Languages: English
Letterboxed - 1.851 Anamorphic
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary - Werner Herzog, Director; Lucki Stipetic, Producer
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