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Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Friday October 14
Director: Werner Herzog
1971 / 95min / DCP

The first collaboration between Herzog and Klaus Kinski cast the notoriously unhinged actor as the even more unhinged 16th-century conquistador Don Lope de Aguirre—nicknamed “El Loco” or “The Madman”—found embarking on his final mission: a frantic search for El Dorado, the mythical South American city of gold that was the source of so many lost dreams. Aguirre takes control over a Spanish expedition, leading the crew and his young daughter down the Amazon on a slow descent into hell, accompanied by the haunting, ambient score by Popol Vuh, the German collective who would contribute to the soundtracks of many Herzog films to come. Perhaps the ultimate of the director’s portraits of madness and his seamless weaving of fact into fiction (his version of Aguirre is mostly created), it ranks high among Herzog’s masterpieces.

Intro and Q&A with Walter Saxer October 15 @ 5pm

Part of Whole Lotta Herzog