Aguirre, the Wrath of God


Coral Gables Art Cinema Sat, Jul 3 9:00 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Jul 4 1:30 PM
Film Info
Country:West Germany
Release Year:1971
Director:Werner Herzog
Rating:Not Rated
Language:German with English subtitles
Format:2K DCP


In the mid-16th century, after annihilating the Incan empire, Pizarro leads his army of conquistadors over the Andes into the heart of the most savage environment on earth in search of the fabled City of Gold, El Dorado. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature, and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), "The Wrath of God," is consumed with visions of conquering all of South America and revolts, leading his own army down a treacherous river on a doomed quest into oblivion. Featuring a seething, controlled performance from Klaus Kinski, this masterpiece from director Werner Herzog is an unforgettable portrait of madness and power. It marks the first of five collaborations between Kinski and Herzog, who were notorious for frequently clashing (legend goes Herzog threatened Kinski at gunpoint when the actor threatened to walk off the set of Aguirre).

Restoration courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.