July 1, 2009
July 1, 2009
Werner Herzog's FITZCARRALDO is that rare cinematic event wherein the final product pales in comparison to the story of how the film was actually made. In order to depict the true story of an opera-crazed Irishman who hired natives to drag a steamship across part of the Amazon jungle, this cinema-crazed German did the unthinkable: he hired natives to drag a steamship across part of the Amazon jungle. Strangely enough, as documented in this collection of Herzog's journal entries and production notes, this literally Sisyphean task was not the most trying aspect of the production for the director. That distinction went to attempting to control the obstinate lead actor Klaus Kinski, whose megalomaniacal madness was such that several of the hired natives sought Herzog's approval to kill him. Always a riveting story teller, here Herzog has his best material, including a ranting Mick Jagger, a rainforest teeming with predators and poison, and one 300-ton boat being hauled up a hill. Even better, his vivid descriptive language is made even more hallucinatory by the jungle setting.
Genre: Performing Arts, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Entertainment + Performing Arts, Individual Director, Film + Video / Direction + Production
- Genre: Performing Arts, Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: Entertainment + Performing Arts, Film + Video / Direction + Production, Individual Director
- Language: English
- Author: Werner Herzog
- Online Item #: 11473176
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-4785
- ISBN: 9780061575532
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported