Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)
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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)
The most famed and well-regarded collaboration between New German Cinema director Werner Herzog and his frequent leading man, Klaus Kinski, this epic historical drama was legendary for the arduousness of its on-location filming and the convincing zealous obsession employed by Kinski in playing the title role. Exhausted and near to admitting failure in its quest for riches, the 1650-51 expedition of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro (Alejandro Repulles) bogs down in the impenetrable jungles of Peru. As a last-ditch effort to locate treasure, Pizarro orders a party to scout ahead for signs of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"Made for buttons, it's an awesome feat of filmmaking."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"One of the great haunting visions of the cinema."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Herzog's riveting Brechtian epic about a catastrophic expedition across the Andes and down the Amazon in 1560 is arguably his best work ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It looks more magnificent and mad than ever, one of the great folies de grandeur of 1970s cinema, an expeditionary Conradian nightmare like Coppola's Apocalypse Now."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Ramshackle chaos and insanity."
‑ John Bleasdale, Electric Sheep
"Aguirre, Wrath of God is not just a great movie but an essential one."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
""Aguirre, The Wrath of God" leaves you feeling as if you are watching a documentary rather than a fictionalized drama. In some ways, what you are seeing is nothing short of the absolute truth."
‑ David Keyes,
"The whole movie merges landscapes and character with such force that, once seen, you never forget it."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A journey down river to the mouth of Hell, but also so much more."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"A visionary work, Aguirre is one of Herzog's greatest achievements."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is a splendid and haunting work."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Idiosyncratic visionaries don't come any more idiosyncratic or visionary than Werner Herzog."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Herzog's vision of man disregarding nature and bringing about his inevitable demise is an intoxicating one, and one that demands to be revisited through this wonderfully restored print."
‑ Joe Cunningham, HeyUGuys
"A classic that screams to be seen on the big screen."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"An essential hallucination, subsequently mined by Coppola, Weir and Malick but unsurpassed in its vision of the withering yet liberating madness beneath our armor"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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