Fitzcarraldo (1982)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 4, 1982
DVD Release Date: November 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

"Fitzcarraldo," the latest production from German director Werner Herzog, appears to be an advanced case of directorial self-absorption and self-glorification.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

A abordagem de imersão adotada por Herzog, somada à performance intensa de Kinski, resulta numa experiência única e inesquecível.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Josh Larsen

...captures both the bravery and the danger of Fitzcarraldo's determination.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Awesome, hypnotic storytelling, Fitzcarraldo finds this director working in top form

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Dan Jardine

Herzog's film confirms that dreamers and their obsessions can give us otherwise unimaginable moments of pure beauty.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An intriguing though at times very plodding film concerning a very ambitious man (Klaus Kinski) who is inspired to try to build an opera house in the jungles of… More
Reid Volk
This film is exhausting to watch due to it's immense scale. Herzog, much like the character that Kinski portrays, must have been absolutely mad when… More
Chris Weber
This is art. This is visual lyric poetry. This is a portrait of desire, obsession, passion at its best. Barry Fitzgerald, who goes by Fitzcarraldo, is a would… More
Randy Tippy
I'm in awe of the amount of time and effort that it must have taken to make this film possible. It is man against nature on the grandest of scales. A… More
Jonathan Hutchings
It still hasn't ended...
Elvira B
I was finally able to watch Fitzcarraldo! And it didn't disappoint me at all in spite of my very high expectations. All in all this is one of those epic… More