Aguirre the Wrath of God

Aguirre the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972) aka Aguirre der Zorn Gottes

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra, Peter Berling

One of my favourites forever; one of the best opening scenes; one of the best closing scenes; one of the most striking (if mad in this case) actors. Made with a single 35mm camera that Herzog stole from a film school. Fabulous music from Herzog's friend Florian Fricke's Popol Vuh, particularly noticeable in the opening sequence. (Fricke appears as a character, a composer and keyboard player, in Kaspar Hauser.) Though mad, Kinski certainly knew what he was doing as an actor. His final gaze into the camera at the end is unforgettable - like that of Antoine Doinel at the end of The 400 Blows.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 24 March, 2017 | Now: 19 April, 2017