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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972)

Director:
Werner Herzog
ENGLISH TITLE
Aguirre: The Wrath of God
COUNTRY
West Germany
GENRE
Drama/History
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Aguirre, Guds vrede
RUNNING TIME
93 minutes
Producer:
Werner Herzog
Hans Prescher
Screenwriter:
Werner Herzog


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Don Lope de Aguirre Klaus Kinski
Inez Helena Rojo
Brother Gaspar de Carvajal Del Negro
Don Pedro de Ursua Ruy Guerra
Don Fernando de Guzman Peter Berling
Flores Cecilia Rivera
Okello Edward Rowland

 

Review

Klaus Kinski's powerhouse performance is the zenith of this moody, atmospheric and at times breathtakingly photographed historically inspired account about a group of Spanish conquistadors locked in an ill-fated search for El Dorado a promised land ostensibly filled with gold. Considering Werner Herzog's ambition and the piece's allegoric potential, it is a surprise to find such obvious weaknesses as are present here. The drama is erratic and the interpersonal elements are underdeveloped most characters and situations just appear, they are not given time to come to life. Of course, Herzog is mostly interested in death, and through Kinski and a great soundtrack by Popol Vuh, we are taken on a downward spiral which could have been enormously haunting with a bit more vigilant direction. The reported power struggle on location between Herzog and Kinski seems to have been won by the latter, who presents an idiosyncratic megalomaniac with a staggering walk and wild eyes which harbour far more than this film is able to cover. Released with both a German and an English language track both of which are unsatisfactory.

Copyright 31.7.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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