AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD
Director: Werner Herzog Run Time: 95 min. Release Year: 1972 Language: German
Starring: Del Negro, Helena Rojo, Klaus Kinski, Peter Berling, Ruy Guerra
“Four stars… one of the great haunting visions of the cinema.” – Roger Ebert
In the mid-16th century, after annihilating the Incan empire, Pizarro leads his army of conquistadors over the Andes into the heart of the most savage environment on earth in search of the fabled City of Gold, El Dorado. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature, and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), “The Wrath of God,” is consumed with visions of conquering all of South America and revolts, leading his own army down a treacherous river on a doomed quest into oblivion.
Featuring a seething, controlled performance from Klaus Kinski, this masterpiece from director Werner Herzog is an unforgettable portrait of madness and power.
Restoration courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.