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Aguirre, the Wrath of God

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on the journals of Brother Gaspar de Carvajal, AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD is director Werner Herzog's hallucinatory tale of Spanish colonialists searching for El Dorado, the legendary city of gold, in 16th-century Peru. When the travellers reach an impasse, a scouting party is assembled to search for any traces of the mythical empire. As they attempt to forge their way through the dense jungle, more and more of the party falls ill while their ruthless leader, Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), grows increasingly insane.

    Widely considered to be Herzog's finest film, AGUIRRE, which shares much in common with Francis Ford Coppola's APOCALYPSE NOW, highlights the director's visionary approach to filmmaking. Like Coppola's film, accounts of AGUIRRE's shooting are laced with legendary incidents, such as the time Herzog reportedly held a gun to Kinski's head to get him to finish a scene. Whatever transpired between Herzog and Kinski, it made for astonishing cinema, as evidenced by the actor's haunting performance and the entire film's powerfully hypnotic mood.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DV11099

  • Credits
    Klaus Kinski, Claus Gunther Nakszynski, Helena Rojo
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The clarity and truth of [Herzog's] method, and the value of his tension between rationality and its opposite, are summarised to perfection..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Absolutely stunning....A splendid and haunting work..."
    New York Times

    "...Rarely has German romanticism been so fully realised on screen..."
    Total Film

    "...Werner Herzog's AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD is one of the great haunting visions of the cinema..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...It's hard to imagine a more hallucinatory movie than AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD..."
    USA Today

    "...Herzog's epic about a power-drunk Spanish conquistador is like a Teutonic APOCALYPSE NOW..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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