Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) Reviews
The journey of conquistadors as they search for the El Dorado, the fabled city of gold, wears on the viewer in a wy that it is supposed to have worn on the historical crew of Aguirre 500 years ago.
Klaus Kinski, somewhat of a nut himself, in real life, is one of the few actors who can pull off such a believable performance as Lope de Aguirre. The film is somewhat based on his supposed legendary journey.
This is the story of trailblazers into the nothingness of the South American jungle via the Amazon. The madness, loss of hope and mutiny that creeps over the expedition accelerates towards one of the greatest final scenes of all time. One that I must have watched over and over 10s of times, and consider one of the greatest scenes of all cinematic history.
The crazy Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado and that is interesting enough. The just as crazy Klaus Kinski does a brilliant job portraying Aguirre and is the film's most impressive actor. Some impressive scenes, other are more of the disturbing kind. Impressively shot and a nice little story. The soundtrack is sweet. I got some problems with getting entertained, but after a while, when the indians are more appearing, it get's a lot better.
Chaotic and daring, impressive and slow. Naturally, with men as Herzog and Kinski on board, it has some trivia that's even more interesting than the film itself.
6.5 out of 10 little monkeys.