• Fitzcarraldo

    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

  • Fitzcarraldo

    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.

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