"Aguirre, The Wrath of God" leaves you feeling as if you are watching a documentary rather than a fictionalized drama. In some ways, what you are seeing is nothing short of the absolute truth.
| Original Score: 4/4
Idiosyncratic visionaries don't come any more idiosyncratic or visionary than Werner Herzog.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Herzog's riveting Brechtian epic about a catastrophic expedition across the Andes and down the Amazon in 1560 is arguably his best work ...
The whole movie merges landscapes and character with such force that, once seen, you never forget it.
| Original Score: 5/5
Herzog's vision of man disregarding nature and bringing about his inevitable demise is an intoxicating one, and one that demands to be revisited through this wonderfully restored print.
It looks more magnificent and mad than ever, one of the great folies de grandeur of 1970s cinema, an expeditionary Conradian nightmare like Coppola's Apocalypse Now.
A journey down river to the mouth of Hell, but also so much more.
Made for buttons, it's an awesome feat of filmmaking.
A classic that screams to be seen on the big screen.
Ramshackle chaos and insanity.
A visionary work, Aguirre is one of Herzog's greatest achievements.
| Original Score: A
An essential hallucination, subsequently mined by Coppola, Weir and Malick but unsurpassed in its vision of the withering yet liberating madness beneath our armor
This 1972 German film eschews narrative for hallucinatory images and long takes that plunge you into the whirlpool of the main character's madness. It's less storytelling than a visually disturbing fever dream.
| Original Score: 4/5
Potheads who watch this will probably check their stash the next morning to see if any of it's gone.
A seminal film without which we almost cerainly would not have with us either Apocalypse Now or much of the ouevre of Terence Malick.
| Original Score: 94/100
Aguirre, Wrath of God is not just a great movie but an essential one.
A saga of adventurers driven headlong into annihilation by their own hubris and desire for immortality.
One of the best films ever made.
Takes us into a visually stunning and surreal Heart of Darkness adventure.
| Original Score: A+
There is a lingering voodoo in the movie that never lets you forget the folly of man's puny sins against a dark universal order of which insanity, sickness, and death are the inevitable symptoms.