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Big screen classics

Aguirre, Wrath of God

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Herzog’s remarkable recreation of the Spanish conquistadors’ quest for El Dorado, with Klaus Kinski in memorably manic mood.

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West Germany-Mexico-Peru 1972
Dir Werner Herzog
With Klaus Kinski, Cecilia Rivera, Ruy Guerra
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Herzog’s acclaimed account of the search for El Dorado undertaken by a band of Spanish conquistadors signals its verisimilitude through a decidedly unromantic, un-heroic depiction of the doomed mission, and through the sheer intensity of Kinski’s performance as the unhinged Aguirre. But the authenticity of his approach is also conveyed through constant visual reminders of the logistical difficulty – indeed, the danger – of the film shoot itself.

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