Previously at the ICA - Films
23 Dec 2011 – 8 Jan 2012
Showing here in a brand new restoration, like its companion piece Aguirre: The Wrath of God, this epic is one of the great visions of cinema. It also seems to be one of cinemas greatest follies, as those who have read Conquest of the Useless, Herzog’s own diary about its making, will surmise. A true story of an Irish opera-loving madman, determined to build an opera house deep in the depths of the Amazon rainforest, drags a 300-tonne boat overland, yes overland, up a mountain(!) through some of the densest, least hospitable, jungle on earth. Clearly this is the act of a madman. Herzog decided, and thank heavens he did, to explore this madness, by... doing it himself while upping the ante somewhat and turning the whole thing into one of the greatest films ever made.
Dir. Werner Herzog, 1982, German with English subs, cert PG, 158 mins
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes, Paul Hittscher