in about 100 words or less
Germany 100m, Colour
Director: Werner Herzog; Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Ruy Guerra, Del Negro
Playing a raving madman, Klaus Kinski gives one of his finest performances as Aguirre, a delusional conquistador who leads an increasingly small party of his soldiers up the Amazon in search of El Dorado, the legendary lost city of gold. Kinski’s brilliant performance is only matched by the beauty and danger of the jungle setting which Herzog so beautifully captures on film. In addition to a great supporting cast, and the incredible and realistic settings of the Amazon, Aguirre is easily one of the best movies of the 1970s in large part to Kinski’s incredible screen presence which is skillfully managed and focused by Herzog (Klaus Ming April 2009).