AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD
AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES
1972, Werner Herzog Film, 93 min, Germany, Dir: Werner Herzog

Klaus Kinski is Aguirre, a power-hungry lunatic who leads a Spanish military expedition down the Amazon in hopes of finding El Dorado, the legendary city of gold. From the opening images of conquistadors snaking their way through the jungle, director Werner Herzog’s epic achieves a rare, operatic delirium. Laced with surreal humor - “Spears are getting longer this year,” notes one skewered soldier - AGUIRRE is the first of the great Kinski -Herzog collaborations (the two reportedly met when their families shared a house together in Munich). With Helena Rojo, Del Negro. “One of the great haunting visions of the cinema” – Roger Ebert. English language version.


CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
2010, Sundance Selects, 90 min, USA, Dir: Werner Herzog

Director Werner Herzog takes the viewer inside the Chauvet Cave in Southern France and reveals the oldest known pictures created by mankind. Using stunning 3-D technology as well as interviews with scientists and other experts, the master director transports the viewer through time to ponder the nature of art and existence itself.


DEATH ROW
2012, Investigation Discovery, 188 min, USA, Dir: Werner Herzog

Director Werner Herzog continues the exploration of capital punishment that he initiated in INTO THE ABYSS with a series of four 47-minute documentaries: "Portrait: James Barnes," "Portrait: Hank Skinner, "Portrait: Joseph Garcia and George Rivas," and "Portrait: Linda Carty." Taken together, these four case studies of convicts on death row powerfully examine the ethics of the death penalty and the humanity of the accused without resorting to easy answers or preaching. Herzog’s talent for observing eccentric behavior and his obsession with probing complex issues are both on triumphant display in this ambitious piece of cinematic moral inquiry.


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