Fitzcarraldo

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Released 1982

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Director:
Werner Herzog
Released:
1982
Rating:
PG
Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 film about obsession and man's battle with the forces of nature. Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) is an unsuccessful 19th-century businessman, dubbed Fitzcarraldo by the natives, who has a dream to construct an opera house in the middle of a remote jungle in Peru. To raise the money, he buys an inexpensive tract of rubber trees with a loan supplied by Molly (Claudia Cardinale), the madame of a popular brothel in the area. He is able to get the land cheaply because the area is inaccessible by boat but Fitzcarraldo has a plan. He will take a full steamship over a mountain, then relaunch on the other side to gain access to his land. Helping him on this quixotic quest is a host of local laborers, the ship's nearly blind captain (Paul Hittscher) and a millionaire (Jose Lewgoy) who financially supports Fitzcarraldo for the joy of watching such a spectacular failure. Like the story, director Werner Herzog himself famously attempted to haul an actual ship over a mountain, chronicled in the documentary "Burden of Dreams."moreless

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