Werner Herzog’s classic film starring Klaus Kinski as a businessman on an equally insane and life-threatening mission to build an opera house in the Peruvian rainforest.

Please note that this film is in German, Spanish, English, Shuar and Italian, with Dutch subtitles.
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Peru, early 20th century. Businessman Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, nicknamed ‘Fitzcarraldo’, is crazy about opera, and in particular the world-famous tenor Enrico Caruso. He wants to build an opera house in the middle of the rainforest for Caruso. To raise the necessary money, Fitzcarraldo buys a plot for a rubber plantation and boards a steamer to the jungle.

The breathtaking final part of FITZCARRALDO, in which a steamboat is pulled by cables and rolling logs over a mountain in the rainforest, gave the film mythical status. Herzog filmed the perilous undertaking without trickery, a decision which was also heavily criticized. Crew members were exposed to too much risk; some extras were said to have died. The director dismissed it as a media frenzy, intended to increase the circulation of tabloids. The film had its world premiere at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, where Herzog won the award for best director.

Werner Herzog, Germany, Peru, 1982, 158 min. German, Spanish, English, Shuar & Italian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes.