Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Werner Herzog's minimalist, hallucinatory adventure and cult classic. Decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and travels the Amazon river in search of gold. Their quest, led by Gonzalo Pizarro and his second in command, the ruthless megalomaniac Don Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), will lead to "the golden city" or to destruction.

Film on location in the Peruvian rainforest, Aguirre is famed for its troubled production and for being the first (of a further five) Herzog-Kinski collaborations - a relationship fraught with conflict, tantrums and even guns (you can get a glimpse into Kinski's rage here). The film's visual style is said to have had a strong influence on Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

1972Rating: PG93 minsGermany, German, Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles
DramaHistoricalWorld CinemaClassicFestival & Independent
Director:
Werner Herzog ('Grizzly Man', 'Rescue Dawn', 'Encounters at the End of the World')
Writer:
Werner Herzog
Cast:
Klaus KinskiHelena RojoDel NegroRuy GuerraPeter Berling

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A sort of parable on human need for power and warping of the best intentions when they are by the sword or by fanatics.

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Total Film

Total Film

Superbly photographed landscapes reflect Aguirre’s increasingly hallucinatory state of mind.

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Time Out

Time Out

Made for buttons, it's an awesome feat of filmmaking.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It looks more magnificent and mad than ever, one of the great folies de grandeur of 1970s cinema, an expeditionary Conradian nightmare like Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

One of the great haunting visions of the cinema.

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BBC

BBC

The powerful and near demonic screen presence of Klaus Kinski, combined with the very real danger of the nature that surrounds him... is quite remarkable.

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