Quick-Thoughts: Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

If the feat of this movie can’t inspire you to want to make a film of your own, then maybe nothing can. 

Werner Herzog’s frequently labeled “masterpiece” is as if time travelers from the 70s teleported themselves into the 16th-century expedition to El Dorado, taped as much footage as they possibly could, and brought it back to their present to throng the best pieces of their finding into an epically fluid narrative film. 200 miles deep into the Amazonian jungle, it’s no surprise that the relations among the Spaniards were bound to transmit into sheer misery and turmoil. Where there is a path to treasure, there can only possibly be suffering along with it. 

Sometimes, we die never finding what we had been looking for all our lives. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, ladies and gentlemen. 

Verdict: A

“Aguirre, the Wrath of God” is now available to stream on Tubi, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, and The Criterion Channel.

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