Man’s capacity for colossal, self-defeating ambition haunts Werner Herzog’s work, and this 1972 breakthrough is among his most striking.
Following Klaus Kinski’s Spanish conquistadors into the dark heart of the Amazon as they encounter death and disaster (something that afflicted the film-makers too: Herzog and Kinski nearly killed each other), the dreamy, doomy tone escalates into outright insanity.
Witness the opening shots of hundreds of soldiers descending impossibly through the clouds, or the final images, which will stay with you for years.
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