Werner Herzog's lengthy 1982 fever dream is typical of the director's passion for boundless experience: the story concerns the title character's determination to open a shipping route over the Amazon as well as build an opera house (worthy of Caruso) at a river trading post. Klaus Kinski (star of Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God
) plays the visionary/madman with a spooky dignity, and Herzog--as always--thrills to the mystic possibilities of filming where no one else would even think of placing a camera. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
DVD Special Features:
Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Audio commentary with Director Werner Herzog, Producer Lucki Stepic and journalist Norman Itill
Languages: Dolby Digital 5.1/Dolby 2.0 English, German with optional English subtitles
From the Back Cover
A legendary film for many reasons. The background to the making of Fitzcarraldo
, the fighting between star Klaus Kinski and director Werner Herzog, the resulting masterpiece. All these combine to bring a vision to the screen unlike anything before or since.
A crazy Irish adventurer (Kinski), searching for untapped rubber in the Amazon jungle, brings Caruso and Verdi to the tribes he encounters. Followed, stalked almost, by beautiful madam Molly (Claudia Cardinale) he enlists the help of Amazon tribesmen to lift his ship over a mountain to a parallel waterway.
A monumental visual feast, astonishing performances and a feat of filmmaking unlikely to be seen again. Watch and wonder in awe.