Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Jul 25 2:00 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Tue, Jul 27 7:35 PM
Film Info
Country:West Germany
Release Year:1982
Director:Werner Herzog
Rating:Not Rated
Language:German with English subtitles
Format:2K DCP


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Werner Herzog is the reigning champ of impossible real-life adventures undertaken in the name of cinema. And this masterpiece is the romantic flipside to Aguirre, the Wrath of God — a backbreaking epic that ecstatically treads the line between a portrait of madness and a genuine expression of obsession. Fitzcarraldo fictionalizes the mad, true-life mission of South American rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald to establish an opera house in the Peruvian jungle — which can only be accomplished by hauling a gigantic river boat over a mountain. No special effects here: this is the real deal, with the impossible results executed before your eyes.

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