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Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra. Werner Herzog directed this surreal tale of a mad, power-hungry 16th-century conquistador who leads a doomed expedition through Spain in search of a lost city of gold. 1973/color/94 min/NR/German/subtitled.
Quite simply a great movie, one whose implacable portrait of ruthless greed and insane ambition becomes more pertinent every year. The astonishing Klaus Kinski plays Don Lope de Aguirre, a brutal conquistador who leads his soldiers into the Amazon jungle in an obsessive quest for gold. The story is of the expedition's relentless degeneration into brutality and despair, but the movie is much more than its plot. Director Werner Herzog strove, whenever possible, to replicate the historical circumstances of the conquistadors, and the sheer human effort of traveling through the dense mountains and valleys of Brazil in armor creates a palpable sense of struggle and derangement. This sense of reality, combined with Kinski's intensely furious performance, makes Aguirre, the Wrath of God a riveting film. Its unique emotional power is matched only by other Herzog-Kinski collaborations like Fitzcarraldo and Woyzek. --Bret Fetzer
For years, I thought this was Herzog's best, tightest dramatic narrative. Seeing the film again recently, I think that this effect is achieved entirely through Herzog's use of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angry Mofo
Worth having a physical copy. Immediate crossplatform access and ability to review in detail is good for mePublished 8 months ago by Frank Cornew
Creepy German movie by creepy German director starring creepy German mental patient The shape of Klaus' helmet is the shape of his head. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Barbara Streisand
Although one of Roger Ebert's top ten, for the life of me I can't see why! It might be a good historical movie, but nothing special as far as I'm concerned. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kyzyl
Aguirre is an okay film about Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century Amazon. The story recounts how a gold crazed spaniard, played by the very "Aryan" appearing... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sertorius
AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD: An absolutely insane and intoxicating mix of Herzog and Kinski-driven madness, dark humor, raw cinematography, and haunting absurdity, Aguirre is driven... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Anthony L.
Nice story Aguirre is a name that I as a Cortez live to know very well in the history as we know it.Published 19 months ago by Tony Cortes