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The tortured production history of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (ably recorded in Les Blank's documentary Burden of Dreams) tends to take the spotlight away from this deeply mesmerizing film. And that's unfortunate, because the film itself is even more fascinating than the trials and tribulations, amazing though they might be, that led to its being made. Part of the problem is the film's deliberate, some might say ponderous, pace, which invites the viewer to experience the slow immersion into the jungle that Fitzcarraldo and company experience. Herzog did something similar in Aguirre, the Wrath of God, sometimes aiming his camera at the river rapids for extended periods of time, with hypnotic results. This could never happen in a Hollywood film, and it should be treasured. --Jim Gay
I originally thought this was a true story. While in the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru, we found many links to the drive to build an opera house in that city. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Allen
Years ago, I read a review of this film and vowed that I would one day find and watch it. At last, I found it! And what a film. It's amazing!Published 5 months ago by Frank Towsey
This movie deserves far more acclaim than it has garnered so far. The plot is unusual and excellent.Published 5 months ago by David E. Crownover
Keats wrote many Odes, but he didn't write an "Ode to Extravagance," so Werner Herzog wrote one instead, filmed it, and called it "Fitzcarraldo. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stanley Crowe
I thought this was a CD but it is a video cassette for $30. It arrived quickly. Fortunately we have a cassette player and can view it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Suzanne
If you think it is hard to build a new business....
Fantastic gem of a movie, one of the wery best!
I love this movie for several reasons. The hero (Klaus Kinski) faces incredibly forbidding obstacles and succeeds in his mission, unlike his fate in any many other films. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ben J Korgen