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German filmmaker Werner Herzog has never done anything by halves. When Herzog tackled Fitzcarraldo, the story of an obsessed impresario (Klaus Kinski) whose foremost desire in life is to bring both Enrico Caruso and an opera house to the deepest jungles of South America, the director boldly embarked on the same journey, disdaining studios, process shots, and special effects throughout. The highlight of the story is Fizcarraldo's Herculean effort to haul a 300-plus ton steamship over the mountains. No trickery was used in filming this grueling sequence, and stories still persist of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"The film may have been intended as an ironic comment on the absurdity of human ambition, but it's an irony that explodes in Herzog's face."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Herzog's film confirms that dreamers and their obsessions can give us otherwise unimaginable moments of pure beauty."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"If you have a dream, the only way to accomplish it is to face it head on. If your dream requires you to drag a massive boat up a mountainside, do it. So says director Werner Herzog in the bizarre but captivating Fitzcarraldo."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"There's some pretty staggering stuff here."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"As a document of a quest and a dream, and as the record of man's audacity and foolish, visionary heroism, there has never been another movie like it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A abordagem de imersão adotada por Herzog, somada à performance intensa de Kinski, resulta numa experiência única e inesquecível."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"If there's a point to this, it's what Herzog's point always is: That obsession can drive you nuts. I'm not sure I needed a freaky German traipsing through the jungle for 2 1/2 hours to drive that point home."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A mesmerizing and engaging work of art about the adventures of a wild-eyed Irish dreamer in the exotic jungle world of the upper Amazon."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a stunning spectacle, an adventure-comedy not quite like any other, and the most benign movie ever made about 19th-century capitalism running amok."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Awesome, hypnotic storytelling, Fitzcarraldo finds this director working in top form"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Fitzcarraldo is a more objective record of a comparable fever dream, and as such is the preeminent testament of Herzog's labor as a filmmaker."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Slant Magazine
"Yes, the pursuit of dreams is vital to one's feeling of empowerment and fulfilment, but surely there are limits to the costs one should exact in their pursuit."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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