Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo

Werner Herzog's Palme d'Or-nominated, two-and-a-half hour adventure drama about a man who will stop at nothing to build an opera house in the middle of the jungle. To do this, he must put a unique plan into action. First, he needs to make a fortune. Then, he must somehow get a huge, fancy river boat across a small mountain.

Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 1982
1982Rating: PG150 minsWest Germany, PeruGerman, Spanish and Italian with English subtitles
AdventureDramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Werner Herzog ('Aguirre, the Wrath of God', 'Grizzly Man', 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams', 'Encounters at the End of the World')
Writer:
Werner Herzog
Cast:
Klaus KinskiClaudia CardinaleJosé Lewgoy

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Fitzcarraldo / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

It's a stunning spectacle, an adventure-comedy not quite like any other, and the most benign movie ever made about 19th-century capitalism running amok.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Fitzcarraldo is a more objective record of a comparable fever dream, and as such is the preeminent testament of Herzog's labor as a filmmaker.

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Time Out

Time Out

Herzog charts an ironically circular course around an indulged, benevolent Aguirre; perversely illuminates colonialism with surrealism; and demonstrates once again in his always suspect yet somehow irresistible way that 'only dreamers move mountains'.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The latest production from German director Werner Herzog appears to be an advanced case of directorial self-absorption and self-glorification.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

As a document of a quest and a dream, and as the record of man's audacity and foolish, visionary heroism, there has never been another movie like it.

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