1982. West Germany. Werner Herzog. 160 min.
Saturday, December 8, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1982. West Germany. Written and directed by Werner Herzog. With Klaus Kinski, José Lewgoy, Claudia Cardinale. Fitzcarraldo, an Irishman in Iquitos, Peru, is intent on building a grand opera house in the jungle town. To fund this fancy, he buys a cheap tract of land the size of Belgium on which to grow rubber trees, but to access this land he must haul a 320-ton steamship from one river to another—over a mountain. Although set in the same location (Peru), fraught with equally trying production woes (including a plane crash, a border war between Peru and Ecuador, and exiting cast members), and similarly starring Kinski as a madman with an impossible dream, Fitzcarraldo has a lighter tone than Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God. The director elicits a subdued, even warm, performance from Kinski, who replaced Jason Robards in the titular role after Robards fell ill. In German; English subtitles. 160 min.