Previously at the ICA - Films
23 Dec 2011 – 7 Jan 2012
Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, showing here in a brand new restoration, is one of the greatest studies of the extremes of greed, alienation and madness ever placed on film. The Aguirre of the title is a member of a doomed 16th century Spanish expedition to find EI Dorado, the fabled lost city of gold. Aguirre, played by Klaus Kinski in a mesmerising portrait of vanity and delusion gives one of the defining performances of cinema. Herzog is one of the few filmmakers truly deserving of his visionary label. His vision is one of man's place in nature is at once achingly beautiful and terrifyingly cruel. As with Fitzcarraldo, Herzog's sister film to Aguirre, this is not just a study in obsession and madness, but a paean to those adventurers haunted by visions of their own greatness, driven by overwhelming pride, to reach for something almost cosmic in their scale of ambition. Inevitably Herzog seems to say, they will be crushed by an unblinking, uncaring universe.
With over fifty fiction and documentary films behind him, legendary director Werner Herzog shows little sign of slowing down. Currently at the top of his game with the recent groundbreaking 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams and his forthcoming Death Row film Into the Abyss: Tale of Death, Tale of Life, Herzog continues to probe the absurdities and profundities of life in his own idiosyncratic style. As a Christmas treat, the ICA is delighted to be screening the brand new restoration of his iconic Aguirre: The Wrath of God.
Dir. Werner Herzog, 1972, cert PG, 93 mins, German with English subs
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra, Peter Berling