3 February 2014


Fitzcarraldo 1982
  • Director:  Werner Herzog
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes, Paul Hittscher
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Klaus Kinski  Nosferatu, Dr. Zhivago
    • Claudia Cardinale – The Pink Panther (is it possible I’ve not seen her in anything else? She’s made dozens of movies. Mostly in Italian, to be sure…)
    • Miguel Ángel Fuentes – Blow, The Mexican
  • Why? Sounded interesting. Herzog and Kinski. Four stars in Maltin.
  • Seen: February 1, 2014
       If this had been based on a true story it would have been quite impressive.  It’s crazy enough to be true. Crazier things have been done in the history of imperialism so an impossible mission in the early 20th century in a steamship up the Amazon and over a mountain – pulling the boat – to make a fortune in rubber in order to build an opera house in a remote town in Brazil…
       Well, that’s the story.  It is not uninteresting but not as interesting as it should be.  The people are caricatures, not characters, and it’s hard to really care about them.
       Mainly my thoughts are occupied with wondering how the movie was made and how much destruction was inflicted on the environment in the process.  It must have been a lot of work. Some of the nature scenes are quite beautiful.
       And then I lost interest.  The driven Fitzcarraldo succeeds in the end with his mad dreams but it was quite a dull ending.
       Far from Maltin’s four stars (I should learn that I almost never agree with his four-star ratings) this started out as a 2 ½ * film but it slid down to a disappointing      
1 ½ * of 5

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