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Werner Herzog’s early masterpiece opens with a jaw-dropping shot of ant-like conquistadors inching down the spine of an Andean peak—almost reason enough alone to see it on a big screen. The rest of the film follows the maniacally ambitious title Spaniard (Klaus Kinski) as he blusters and backstabs his way toward mythical Amazonian riches while the jungle squashes his party one by one like insects. Herzog’s documentary-style realism grounds the surrealism of the Westerners’ descent into the primeval, and madness. The final shot, while not as grand as the first, haunts in an entirely different way.
1972 Dir. Werner Herzog. 1.33:1 Color dcp 95 min. In German, Quechua, and Spanish with English subtitles.