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AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES
AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD


1976 New German Cinema

GERMANY, 1972
DIRECTOR: Werner Herzog
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Hessischer Rundfunk.
PRODUCER: Werner Herzog
SCREENPLAY: Werner Herzog
PRINCIPAL CAST: Klaus Kinski, Cecilia Rivera, Ruy Guerra
POSTER ART: Unknown

FILM SYNOPSIS: A group of conquistadors in 1590 are sent on a search for the mythical city of gold. Led by Aguirre, who succumbs slowly to insanity, the men instead find an inhospitable jungle that leads the way to their extinction.

FESTIVAL HISTORY: A total of 127 films were screened in the first year, programmed by a motley crew of cinephiles and specialists with eclectic and unruly tastes, and a discerning eye on the international scene. Among the most prominent of these programmes were Barbara Martineau's Womanscene, Tony Watts' Young Cinema, Roger Corman and Sergio Leone's All-Night Movie Marathon, and Jan Dawson's cutting-edge survey of the New German Cinema.

Dawson's programme featured the work of four directors who, in 1976, were mostly unknown to North Americans: Alexander Kluge, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, and Werner Herzog. Herzog's contribution included the grimly allegorical 1972 film, Aguirre, Wrath of God, a beautifully-shot historical feature about paranoia and megalomania presented in the form of a doomed Spanish expedition to the fabled El Dorado.

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