Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Werner Herzog (1972)

Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Ruy Guerra Rated PG Run time 95 mins
In his first, fractious collaboration with Herzog, wild-eyed Klaus Kinski plays a power-mad sixteenth century explorer, a megalomaniac in search of the fabled city of El Dorado who is slowly undone by fever, tribal incursions and his delusions of grandeur.
From it’s stunning opening shot of ant-like human voyagers descending the Andes to it’s final hallucinatory rain of monkeys, the film is an indelible journey into the heart of darkness; it is Herzog’s richest achievement.
Not to be missed – especially if not seen before!
98% – Rotten Tomatoes
8/10 – IMDB
“Aguirre, Wrath of God is not just a great movie but an essential one.”
“One of the great haunting visions of the cinema.”
Great Movie: Aguirre, the Wrath of God – Roger Ebert
Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God – MoMA