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Peru. Iquitos is a town isolated in the middle of the jungle at the turn of the century. On the outskirts, a few shacks are rotting in the mud. In the center are the splendid houses of the nouveaux-riches rubber barons. It is in this setting, rich in grotesque contract, that Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - Fitzcarraldo, as the natives call him - has his dream of bringing together Enrico Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt for one great celebration of Grand Opera. To finance his fantastic dream, Fitzcarraldo decides to exploit a vast area of rubber trees growing beyond the impassable Ucayala Falls. In order to circumbent this barrier, he literally has his huge steamboat lifted over a mountain from one branch of the river to the other. With the aid of a tribe of Indians bewitched by records featuring the voice of the greatest singer of all time, Fitzcarraldo fights fever, mosquitos and suffocating heat to achieve the impossible. Widescreen, Digitally Mastered, Color, Running Time 157 minutes, Rated PG. The reverse side of the cover art has Producer Werner Herzog's thoughts on the film.
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 7 months 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 12 months ago by Frank Towsey
This movie deserves far more acclaim than it has garnered so far. The plot is unusual and excellent.Published 12 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 15 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 20 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 22 months ago by Ben J Korgen