A tale of search for gold. The people who truly hit gold were the audiences of this film - here's arguably the Herzog's most famous film.
The Hyderabad Film Club is organising a 5-day retrospective of Werner Herzog films, from 5th to 10th June, at the Sarathi Studios in Ameerpet. Today, the second day, Aguirre, The Wrath Of God will be screened at 6:30pm.
Aguirre, The Wrath of God is an independent 1972 German film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski stars in the title role. Arguably the director's most famous film, it was given an extensive arthouse theatrical release in the United States in 1977.
The story follows the travels of Lope de Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the Amazon River in South America in search of a lost city of gold (El Dorado). The film is in some ways similar to Joseph Conrad's 1902 novella Heart Of Darkness, particularly in its basic narrative structure (a river voyage into the jungle), its association of the depths of the jungle with insanity, and its emphasis on the absurdity of colonialism.
Several critics have noted that Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now, a movie based explicitly (but loosely) on the Conrad novella, was apparently influenced by Aguirre too, as it contains seemingly deliberate visual "quotations" of Herzog's film.
Werner Herzog (born Werner Stipetic on September 5, 1942) is a critically and internationally acclaimed German film director, screenwriter, actor and opera director. He is often associated with the German New Wave movement (also called New German Cinema), along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff, Wim Wenders and others. His films often feature heroes with impossible dreams or people with unique talents in obscure fields.
Herzog's films have received considerable critical acclaim and achieved popularity on the arthouse circuit. They have also been the subject of controversy in regard to their themes and messages, especially the circumstances surrounding their creation. A notable example is Fitzcarraldo, in which the obsessiveness of the central character is mirrored by the director in the making of his film.
His treatment of subjects has been characterized as Wagnerian in its scope, as Fitzcarraldo and his later film Invincible (2001) are directly inspired by opera or operatic themes. He is proud of never using storyboards and often improvising large parts of the script, as he explains on the commentary track to Aguirre: The Wrath Of God.
Herzog and his films have won and been nominated for many awards over the years. Most notably, Herzog won the best director award for Fitzcarraldo at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Grizzly Man, directed by Herzog, won the Alfred P Sloan Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
He was honored at the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, receiving the 2006 Film Society Directing Award. Four of his films have been shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival throughout the years - Herdsmen Of The Sun in 1990, Bells From The Deep in 1993, Lessons Of Darkness in 1993, and Wild Blue Yonder in 2006.
The screenings are open only for members of HFC. Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.