(Germany/1973) Directed by Werner Herzog)
In the mid-1500s, a large Spanish expedition searching for the mythical lost city of El Dorado sent an advance party to explore a tributary of the Amazon; they never returned. The brilliant Werner Herzog has extrapolated this obscure historical incident into Aguirre, a spectacularly horrifying chronicle of imperialism gone amok. Herzog’s vision has the expedition falling into the hands of one Don Lope de Aguirre, a power-driven, megalomaniacal lunatic who dreams of stealing a continent. Klaus Kinski is amazing as Aguirre – his is a magnificent performance, creating a funny-scary quintessence of menacing malevolence, part Richard III, part Attila the Hun. One of the most physically stunning movies ever made, Aguirre the Wrath of God is a frightening and truly entertaining journey into the heart of darkness, every bit as appalling as it is exhilarating – and featuring one of the most unforgettable final shots in movie history. In German with English subtitles. (94 min.) Thu. at 7:30 p.m.; Fri. at 9:30 p.m.
“One of the great haunting visions of the cinema.” -Roger Ebert, The Great Movies
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