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Fitzcarraldo (1982)

 





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Fitzcarraldo (1982, W. Ger./Peru)

In director Werner Herzog's adventure drama set in the early 20th century, about a crazed opera aficionado with a crazy idea to build an opera house in the Peruvian jungle, and having indigenous tribesmen haul his riverboat by hand over a mountain, from one river to another [Note: a documentary titled Burden of Dreams (1982) told about the 'making of the movie'.]:

  • the seemingly-impossible quixotic dream of crazed Irish rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) (aka Fitzcarraldo)
Fitzcarraldo
  • the monumental manual hauling of a three-story, massive 320-ton steamship, christened the SS Molly Aida, over a group of steep-inclined, muddy South American hills to another waterway in the Amazon basin - without special effects, but with an elaborate system of pulleys (and brute strength)




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