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Werner Herzog, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, 1972

Members' Screening: Aguirre, the Wrath of God

17 Jul 2016

Madness, greed, ambition and the destructive force of nature are all present in Werner Herzog’s delirious journey into hell. Actor, Klaus Kinski is on full lunatic form as Aguirre, the leader of an expedition of sixteenth century conquistadors on an obsessive quest to find El Dorado, the fabled lost city of gold. Its nightmare shoot, where the cast and crew endured very real dangers of the Peruvian jungle and where Kinski scaled the heights of loopy eccentricity, has passed into cinematic legend.

So too has its soundtrack, courtesy of Florian Fricke of German electro avant-garde outfit Popol Vuh, whose dream-like soundscapes and psychedelic walls of sound, are now regarded as precursors of contemporary world, new age and ambient music. Herzog was certainly a massive fan, going on to collaborate with Fricke on numerous other features including Fitzcarraldo.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God, dir. Werner Herzog, Germany 1972, 91 mins

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