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Big screen classics

Aguirre, Wrath of God

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Werner Herzog's tale of one man's obsessive quest for El Dorado.

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

Werner Herzog’s tale of the Spanish conquistadors’ obsessive quest for El Dorado focuses on Don Lope de Aguirre (Kinski), so crazed by the dream of untold riches and power that he turns against his superiors, drives his men on into ever more perilous situations, and fantasises about his own imperial divinity. Images of an almost hallucinatory strangeness – not to mention Kinski’s extraordinarily driven performance – evoke the intensity of Aguirre’s inner odyssey.

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