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Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) Reviews

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January 3, 2017
One of the greatest mysterious masterpieces in film. Aguirre is a haunting vision about Spanish conquistador Pizarro discovering Peru. After separating into groups, one is taken over by Aguirre, who longs for the discovery of the ancient city El Dorado. Werner Herzog believes in the voodoo of location, meaning that he places his actors in convincing locations, such as filming in a forest 500 miles from civilization, opposed to a rain forest right outside of a major city. Like only a handful of great epic films like Apocalypse Now, and 2001, watching the movie we are constantly aware of how it was made. Kinski's performance is one of the greatest in cinema not in small part due to the real conflict on set. The images, music and performance of Kinski is why this film will probably remain transcendent. It largely inspired the equally visionary Apocalypse Now, and later The Tree of Life. Aguirre is in a small handful of films that transcend to the sense of wonder and mystery. It is not about characters, except for Aguirre, whose personality is completely realized through his movements and expressions. Another similarity with Apocalypse Now is how Aguirre attaches one great scene after another, from the striking first shot of the movie, with a long line of men snaking its way up the mountain slope, to the chilling, and ambiguous climax. Out of all the films Herzog as done, Aguirre might be his most expressive and meditative work.
November 26, 2016
Need a modern blockbuster to portray that wonderful madman!!!
October 19, 2016
This harsh film is also a fascinating show of power and it's effects.
September 10, 2016
Visually stunning with live colors and epic haunting atmosphere because of Werner Hertzog's cold touch and Klaus Kinski's frightening performance. A true masterpiece in cinema history.
August 26, 2016
The technical difficulties in making the movie only enhance the madness of the characters. It is one insane nightmare journey that leaves the viewer immediately connecting dots to great novels rather than other films. Like Moby Dick, Heart of Darkness, and Blood Meridian... a story of how the only thing more fearsome and threatening than nature is the darkness of the human heart.
July 21, 2016
Hilarious to watch with no sound in a night club.
½ June 25, 2016
Although beautifully shot and very atmospheric, the thing with the overdubbing lines just threw me off, because it took some of the realistic feeling away from me. So, in a way, despite all its grandeur, it felt a bit dated to me. By the end I wasn't much interested. Great story though, and very bold movie making!!
June 11, 2016
To be honest, my favourite part of this movie is Helena Rojo's face.
June 6, 2016
Aguirre, the Wrath of God looks great and it has a memorable ending, but everything else here is subpar with not that great acting, a dreadfully slow pace and too minimalist dialogue and story. I got its appeal, but to me its greatness never really came to fruition to me and it is such an overrated, immensely disappointing movie.
June 4, 2016
The best film of Werner Herzog (to date) is more current than once: a surreal, dreamlike fable of the fall of the European civilisation
April 24, 2016
Wonderful cinematography and compelling performances mark this tale of a doomed expedition searching for El Dorado. The further they get from the small enclave of Pissarro's version of "Spanish Civilization," the less constrained by the laws of their society they become. In some ways, this film reminds me of Lord of the Flies , in the break down of "law and order" to "law of the jungle" the further they go into the unknown. Masterful film.
April 17, 2016
Aguirre is one of the movies that I wouldn't reccomend anybody to see, even thought I can't say anything negative about it. The action is slow and kind of calm for a movie about dwelling slowly into madness. As a twist on a classic "Heart of Darkness" formula, Werner Herzog's movie is definitely good, but may be too "weird" for mainstream audience.
March 24, 2016
With visually stimulating (though dragging) camerawork, powerful performances, and detectable levels of real danger, this gritty and epic tragedy is a highly influential picture from Germany's Werner Herzog.
March 9, 2016
the horse scene hace blew my mind away
February 17, 2016
Directed by Werner Herzog, Aguirre, the Wrath of God is a phenomenal work. Agonizingly slow and incredibly boring (both of which are strengths and compliments), the film does a fantastic job capturing the endlessness of these conquistadors' journey, their confusion, and their exasperation with their surroundings. Even more, it does a fantastic job capturing their boredom and their hallucinogenic state as their journey drags on and on. Klaus Kinski was a real odd ball in life and this is exemplified here as he is insane in the film. He turns in a great performance in Herzog's masterpiece that apparently heavily influenced Apocalypse Now and it is not hard to see why, given the similarities of some elements of the films. As a whole, it may be too slow for some, but it is purposefully paced and is a fantastically crafted film that is entirely odd, unique, and completely down-to-earth.
January 25, 2016
This is one of my favourite films of all time. It is on many top 100 list for greatest movies of all time. This is definitive Herzog and Kinski. The background music is haunting. It is a low-budget, foreign masterpiece of cinema, which highly influenced Francis Ford Coppola's production of Apocalypse Now, another of my favourite films of all time.

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.
January 18, 2016
Ensimmäinen siedettävä Werner Herzog elokuva jonka olen nähnyt. Tämän pystyi jopa katsomaan tuskailematta.
½ January 13, 2016
Glacial but dangerous. Mythic and haunting.
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