Referred to by Kermode as ‘an overwhelming experience’, Fitzcarraldo remains the stuff of filmmaking legend, thanks to the extraordinary lengths Herzog and his team went to in the name of authenticity.
Each week Mark Kermode selects a key title from the BFI Player+ collections and shows why it’s a film not to be missed. This week, he introduces Werner Herzog’s brilliant, surreal Fitzcarraldo.
Based on real events, the adventure recounts the story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald – ‘Fitzcarraldo’ (Klaus Kinski), an obsessed impresario who is determined to build an opera in the deepest jungles of South America. To accomplish this he first has to make a fortune in the rubber business, and his plan involves hauling an enormous river boat across a small mountain.
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