Fitzcarraldo

Saturday, March 25
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2hr 38mins // directed by:Werner Herzog // featuring:Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale // 35mm

“ **** (4 stars) Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo is a movie in the great tradition of grandiose cinematic visions. Like Coppola's Apocalypse Now or Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, it is a quest film in which the hero's quest is scarcely more mad than the filmmaker's.” – Roger Ebert

Iquitos is a town isolated in the middle of the jungle in Peru. At the turn of the century, one resident of the small town, “Fitzcarraldo” as the natives call him, has his dream of bringing together Enrico Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt for one great celebration of Grand Opera.

To finance this fantastic dream, Fitzcarraldo decides to exploit a vast area of rubber trees growing beyond the impassable Ucayala Falls. To circumvent this barrier, he literally has his huge steamboat lifted over a mountain from one branch of the river to the other.

With the aid of a tribe of Indians bewitched by the voice of the greatest singer of all time, Enrico Caruso, Fitzcarraldo fights fever, mosquitos and suffocating heat to achieve the impossible....

35mm Print courtesy of Die Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen.