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Aguirre, Wrath of God ( Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes ) (1972) Movie Reviews

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09/22/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Bizarre but brilliant jungle film.

Visually breathtaking costume epic with one of cinema's great villains, the mad conquistador Don Lope de Aguirre, leading audiences on a surreal adventure into the Amazon as Aguirre feverishly searches for El Dorado.
Set against the emerald green backdrop of Peru, Aguirre leads a mad quest for riches into the dangerous jungles with a motley band of equally greedy explorers. Like APOCALYPSE NOW, the characters enter the jungle one way but leave it entirely transformed, or dead. The final sequence demonstrates how man's folly will lead to his downfall and then the forces of nature will take back what's theirs.
Director Wernor Herzog famously ventured into the South American jungle with only the cast and 8 fellow crewmembers to make this movie. No storyboards were used requiring many sce...

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06/13/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Visionär

Our Daily Free Stream: Werner Herzog - Aguirre. Herzog bietet neuerdings online seine Dienste an, uns in sein Handwerk einzuweisen. Doch kann man im Internet lernen, wie man einen Aguirre filmt? Ein Fluss, den Gott nie beendete - dort spielt Werner Herzogs Aguirre. Die letzten Mitglieder einer spanischen Expedition, auf der Suche nach der Goldstadt El Dorado. Sie brüllen die eingeborenen Indianer an, versuchen mit Hilfe ihrer Sklaven zu übersetzen. Ein Priester hält ihnen die Bibel, das Wort Gottes, entgegen. Vergeblich, El Dorado muss am Ende dieses Flusses liegen. Weiter, immer weiter... Werner Herzogs Aguirre ist eine der eindringlichsten Visionen des Kinos. Die verdammte Expedition des Konquistadors Gonzalo Pizarro, der im 16. Jahrhundert eine Handvoll Männer in den Regenwald Perus fü...

 

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03/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Aguirre, Wrath of God review

A fierce Spanish soldier named Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski ) heads a group of men together with Gonzalo Pizarro (Alejandro Repullés) down the Amazon River in South America to search for the legendary city of gold in El Dorado. They pass thru a river but eventually reach shore. Don Fernando de Guzman becomes the new leader while Aguirre in second command. The men encounter hardships along the way. The score of the film was heavenly and majestic which was suited for the times. Directing style was realistic, as if getting the feeling you were with them in the voyage. Utilization of nature and living things around was evident which shows the brilliance of the cinematographer, which reminded me of the film of Malick, Tree of Life.

Performances and costumes were wonderful as well. ...

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01/19/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Megalomania is Kinski's Jungle Fever

Werner Herzog's masterpiece is a lonely descent into madness and destruction. As the main character Aguirre becomes more consumed in his quest for riches, he completely disregards the safety of himself or his fellow soldiers, even as they are picked off one by one. Herzog examines how power can corrupt one individual, which in turn can infect the sanity of all of those around them. Not to be confused as nothing more than a character study, Aguirre: The Wrath of God is a film that shows how unforgiving the Earth is who do not appreciate their existence. The mysterious score and the claustrophobic photography can make the viewer terrified of both Kinski (whose performance is nothing short of legendary) and the terrible might of the world that surrounds them. A film that was made with s...

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05/30/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"I am the wrath of God. Who else is with me?"

I have never before seen a film so dominated by a single face. Klaus Kinski is more-than-convincingly insane in the title role (how much he is acting is anyone's guess). He exudes an intensity that is palpable and frightening as he heads deeper and deeper into the Peruvian rainforest in search of El Dorado. In its portrait of a tropical descent into madness, the film resembles Coppola's Apocalypse Now. and perhaps this should not be surprising--both films share infamously troubled production histories. There are many breathtaking and beautiful images to be seen, including a ship perched at the top of a tree and of course the famous final shot with a Kinski riding a monkey-ridden raft to oblivion. But at day's end, the film is a testament (not unlike Nosferatu and Fitzcarraldo) to Her...

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