Film Info: FITZCARRALDO

FITZCARRALDO

FITZCARRALDO is the story of an obsessive dreamer at the time of the rubber boom at the turn of the century who, in the depths of the Amazon jungle and beset by dangers of all kinds, has visions of presenting grand opera, with the works of Verdi and a unique performance by Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt. Stung to the bone by swarms of mosquitoes, parched by the heat and fever, he nevertheless achieves the impossible. Using the labor of hundreds of native Indians, he manages to drag an enormous river boat across a mountain from one river to another so that he is able to open up an immense new rubber area which will provide him with the money necessary to realize his dream.


Werner Herzog was born in 1942 and has produced, written and directed more than 60 films, published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. A selection of his films includes: EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL (AUCH ZWERGE HABEN KLEIN ANGEFANGEN, 1970), LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (LAND DES SCHWEIGENS UND DER DUNKELHEIT, 1971), FATA MORGANA (1971), AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD (AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES, 1972), EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL (JEDER FUER SICH UND GOTT GEGEN ALLE, 1974), HEART OF GLASS (HERZ AUS GLAS, 1976), LA SOUFRIÈRE (1977), STROSZEK (1977), WOYZECK (1979), NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE (NOSFERATU: PHANTOM DER NACHT, 1979), FITZCARRALDO (1982), WHERE THE GREEN ANTS DREAM (WO DIE GRUENEN AMEISEN TRAEUMEN, 1984), COBRA VERDE (1988), ECHOES FROM A SOMBRE EMPIRE (ECHOS AUS EINEM DUESTEREN REICH , 1990), SCREAM OF STONE (SCHREI AUS STEIN, 1991), LESSONS OF DARKNESS (LEKTIONEN IN FINSTERNIS, 1992), BELLS FROM THE DEEP (GLOCKEN AUS DER TIEFE, 1993), MY BEST FIEND (MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND - KLAUS KINSKI, 1999), INVINCIBLE (2001), TEN MINUTES OLDER: THE TRUMPET (2002), WHEEL OF TIME (RAD DER ZEIT, 2003), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), RESCUE DAWN (2006), ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), BAD LIEUTENANT (2009), MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE (2009), THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (DIE HÖHLE DER VERGESSENEN TRÄUME, 2010), and INTO THE ABYSS (2011).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1982
Director Werner Herzog
Screenplay Werner Herzog
Cast Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Paul Hiltscher
Production Company Werner Herzog Film/Vienna
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Cannes 1982, San Sebastian 1982, Singapore 2004, Kerala 2010, Dubai 2011, Dallas 2015, Sofia 2017, IndieLisboa 2017, Reykjavik 2017, Hong Kong 2018
Awards Best Director Cannes 1982, German Film Award in Silver 1982, Guild Film Award - Gold from the Guild of German Art House Cinemas, OCIC Award San Sebastian 1982

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