Cobra Verde (Slave Coast)
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Director Werner Herzog, as usual, has spared no one -- especially himself -- in bringing this story of 19th-century African slave trading to the screen. Klaus Kinski plays an enterprising young Brazilian who after impregnating the three daughters of his plantation-owning employer, is sent to West Africa to round up slaves. Kinski goes to great lengths to befriend the very people he hopes to enslave and he eventually manages to overthrow a mad monarch and set himself up as king. As the years pass, Kinski grows wealthy -- and careless. However, despite enslaving the tribe, he does show some… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"The type of crazed, folkloric epic that Germany's own De Niro-Scorsese duo usually excelled at."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"It's easy to understand why this was Herzog's final collaboration with the actor, but Kinski's performance nevertheless serves up a potent confusion of documentary and fiction that has long been an essential element of Herzog's filmmaking."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"The results are like Kinski's performance: baffling, breathtaking and strangely beautiful."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Herzog & Kinski = Logic and passion."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The final third of this film contains sequences of horrifying sublimity and ethereal beauty, moments that have a clarity and power beyond the reach of reason."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Though less apocalyptical than usual, the imagery is as lavish as ever, but the film is wrecked by an underwritten narrative."
‑ , Time Out
"Those who give this offbeat production a chance will find it unforgettable."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"The finest adaptation of Joseph Conrad not based on Conrad."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Verde is too blankly amoral to sustain interest, but the film has isolated moments of haunting poetry."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As odd as it is mesmerizing."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Linear storytelling was never Herzog's strong suit even under the best of conditions. His strength lies in capturing lucid lunacy on film, and Manoel da Silva's descent into the jaws of madness is a straight shot into the heart of darkness."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Flaws acknowledged, 'Cobra Verde' is a stunning, beautiful epic."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Apollo Guide
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