Aguirre, the Wrath of God

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God ★★★½ Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes 1972

Herzog at his best, combining brilliant poetic images and an intense narrative dealing with power, irony, and death. Spanish conquistadors in 1590 search for the mythical city of gold in Peru. Instead, they descend into the hell of the jungle. Kinski is fabulous as Aquirre, succumbing to insanity while leading a continually diminishing crew in this compelling, extraordinary drama shot in the jungles of South America. Both Englishand German-language versions available. 94m/C VHS, DVD . GE Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Del Negro, Helena Rojo, Cecilia Rivera, Peter Berling, Danny Ades; D: Werner Herzog; W: Werner Herzog; C: Thomas Mauch; M: Popul Vuh. Natl. Soc. Film Critics '77: Cinematog.