Der exzentrische Brian Sweeney Fitzcarraldo ist von der Idee besessen, mitten im unberührten Amazonas-Dschungel ein großes Opernhaus zu bauen. Von den Ersparnissen seiner Freundin, der Bordell-Besitzerin Molly, kauft Fitzcarraldo einen alten. Fitzcarraldo ist ein Film des Regisseurs Werner Herzog und war dessen vierte Zusammenarbeit mit Klaus Kinski, der einen Exzentriker spielt: Er will im. Hier träumt Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, genannt Fitzcarraldo, von großer Oper. Er ist besessen von der Vorstellung, Enrico Caruso inmitten des Amazonas-. Der exzentrische Brian Sweeney Fitzcarraldo ist von der Idee besessen, mitten in dem unberührten Amazonas-Dschungel ein großes Opernhaus zu bauen. Die Geschichte der Indianer bildet, neben den Dreharbeiten und neben dem "Fitzcarraldo"-Film, die dritte Geschichte dieser Expedition. Mario Adorf, der.
So zum Beispiel das Spannungsfeld von Mensch und Natur in Filmen wie Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes () oder Fitzcarraldo (/82). Ebenso kann es das. Die Geschichte der Indianer bildet, neben den Dreharbeiten und neben dem "Fitzcarraldo"-Film, die dritte Geschichte dieser Expedition. Mario Adorf, der. Der exzentrische Brian Sweeney Fitzcarraldo ist von der Idee besessen, mitten im unberührten Amazonas-Dschungel ein großes Opernhaus zu bauen. Von den Ersparnissen seiner Freundin, der Bordell-Besitzerin Molly, kauft Fitzcarraldo einen alten.
Fitzcarraldo is a West German epic adventure - drama film written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski as the title character.
It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman known in Peru as Fitzcarraldo, who is determined to transport a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory in the Amazon Basin.
The film is derived from the historic events of Peruvian rubber baron Carlos Fitzcarrald and his real-life feat of transporting a disassembled steamboat over the Isthmus of Fitzcarrald.
The film had a troubled production. Herzog forced his crew to manually haul the ton steamship up a steep hill, leading to three injuries.
The film's original star Jason Robards got sick halfway through filming, so Herzog hired Kinski, with whom he had previously clashed violently during production of Aguirre, the Wrath of God , Nosferatu the Vampyre and Woyzeck.
Their fourth partnership fared no better, and an extra even offered to kill Kinski. Herzog reluctantly declined.
Brian Sweeney "Fitzcarraldo" Fitzgerald is an Irishman living in Iquitos , a small city east of the Andes in the Amazon Basin in Peru in the early part of the 20th century, when the city grew exponentially during the rubber boom.
He has an indomitable spirit, but is little more than a dreamer with one major failure already behind him — the bankrupted and incomplete Trans-Andean railways.
A lover of opera and a great fan of the internationally known Italian tenor Enrico Caruso , he dreams of building an opera house in Iquitos.
Numerous Europeans and North African Sephardic Jewish immigrants have settled in the city at this time, bringing their cultures with them.
The opera house will require considerable amounts of money, which the booming rubber industry in Peru should yield in profits.
The areas in the Amazon Basin known to contain rubber trees have been parceled up by the Peruvian government and are leased to private companies for exploitation.
Fitzcarraldo explores entering the rubber business. A helpful rubber baron points out on a map the only remaining unclaimed parcel in the area.
He explains that while it is located on the Ucayali River , a major tributary of the Amazon, it is cut off from the Amazon and access to Atlantic ports by a lengthy section of rapids.
Fitzcarraldo sees that the Pachitea River , another Amazon tributary, comes within several hundred meters of the Ucayali upstream of the parcel.
He leases the inaccessible parcel from the government. His paramour, Molly, a successful brothel owner, funds his purchase of an old steamship which he christens the SS Molly Aida.
After recruiting a crew, he takes off up the Pachitea, the parallel river. This river has dangerous interior areas because of its indigenous people hostile to outsiders.
The majority of the ship's crew, at first unaware of Fitzcarraldo's plan, abandon the expedition soon after entering indigenous territory, leaving only the captain, engineer, and cook.
Impressed by Fitzcarraldo and his ship, the natives start working for him without fully understanding his goals. After great struggles, they successfully pull the ship over the mountain with a complex system of pulleys, worked by the natives and aided by the ship's anchor windlass.
When the crew falls asleep after a drunken celebration, the chief of the natives severs the rope securing the ship to the shore.
It floats down the river. The chief wanted to appease the river gods, who would otherwise be angered that Fitzcarraldo defied nature by circumventing them.
Though the ship traverses the Ucayali rapids without major damage, Fitzcarraldo and his crew are forced to return to Iquitos without any rubber.
Despondent, Fitzcarraldo sells the ship back to the rubber baron, but first sends the captain on a last voyage.
He returns with the entire cast for the first opera production, including Caruso. The entire city of Iquitos comes to the shore as Fitzcarraldo, standing atop the ship, proudly displays the cast.
In the s, Fitzcarrald arranged for the transport of a steamship across an isthmus from one river into another, but it weighed only 30 tons rather than over , and was carried over in pieces to be reassembled at its destination.
In his autobiographical film Portrait Werner Herzog , Herzog said that he concentrated in Fitzcarraldo on the physical effort of transporting the ship, partly inspired by the engineering feats of ancient standing stones.
The film production was an incredible ordeal, and famously involved moving a ton steamship over a hill. This was filmed without the use of special effects.
Herzog believed that no one had ever performed a similar feat in history, and likely never will again, calling himself "Conquistador of the Useless".
The most violent scenes in the rapids were shot with a model of the ship. Casting of the film was difficult.
Jason Robards was originally cast in the title role, but he became ill with dysentery during early filming. After leaving for treatment, he was forbidden by his doctors to return.
Herzog considered casting Jack Nicholson , or playing the role of Fitzcarraldo himself, before Klaus Kinski accepted the role. Herzog had done considerable film work with Kinski.
By that point, forty percent of shooting with Robards was complete. For continuity, Herzog had to begin a total reshoot with Kinski.
Mick Jagger as Fitzcarraldo's assistant Wilbur and Mario Adorf as the Ship's captain were originally cast, but due to the delays, their shooting schedule expired.
Jagger parted to tour with the Rolling Stones. Herzog dropped Jagger's character from the script altogether as he reshot the film from the beginning.
Brazilian actor Grande Otelo and singer Milton Nascimento play minor parts. Kinski provoked crises in the production, as he fought virulently with Herzog and other members of the crew.
A scene from Herzog's documentary of the actor, My Best Fiend , shows Kinski raging at production manager Walter Saxer over trivial matters, such as the quality of the food.
Herzog notes that the native extras were greatly upset by the actor's behavior. Kinski claimed to feel close to them. In My Best Fiend , Herzog says that one of the native chiefs offered in all seriousness to kill Kinski for him, but that he declined because he needed the actor to complete filming.
According to Herzog, he exploited these tensions: in a scene in which the ship's crew is eating dinner while surrounded by the natives, the clamor the chief incites over Fitzcarraldo was inspired by their hatred of Kinski.
He made alterations while writing the screenplay. The production was also affected by the numerous injuries and deaths of several indigenous extras who were hired to work on the film as laborers, and two small plane crashes that occurred during the films' production which resulted in a number of injuries, including one case of paralysis.
Herzog has been accused of exploiting indigenous people in the making of the film and comparisons made between Herzog and Fitzcarraldo.
Michael F. Brown, a professor of anthropology at Williams College , has said that Herzog originally got along with the Aguaruna people , some of whom were hired as extras for the film and for construction.
Relations deteriorated when Herzog began the construction of a village on Aguaruna land, failed to consult the tribal council, and attempted to obtain protection from a local militia.
Aguaruna men burned down the film set in December The soundtrack album released in contains music by Popol Vuh , taken from the albums Die Nacht der Seele and Sei still, wisse ich bin ,   performances by Enrico Caruso , and others.
But he has a bold vision. His romantic sidekick is a woman named Molly Claudia Cardinale. As a compliment to Fitz, she speaks the film's theme: "It's only the dreamers who move mountains".
After some preparation early in the film, Fitz and crew set sail up the Amazon on a huge boat, to stake out a claim for their business that will bring in the money to advance Fitzcarraldo's dream.
The boat is equipped with all the necessities, which include, naturally, a gramophone to play the operatic music of Enrico Caruso.
And the best sequences of the film are those set in the remote jungle, as the boat moves through a large tributary of the Amazon, into headhunter territory.
With the gramophone blaring out opera amid the sound of Indian war drums, it's the unusual contrast between the primitive and the cultural that makes this film interesting.
Filmed entirely in South America, the story is set in the early years of the twentieth century, long before the advent of television or automobiles.
Color cinematography is quite good. This is a very physical story. Most scenes take place outdoors. And the remoteness of the setting conveys a sense of doom, a sense of unknown terror and foreboding.
While the visuals are stunning, some aspects of the story I'm just not sure about. I never did figure out the significance of the ice. Is that a reward for Indian cooperation?
If so, how can ice be preserved in a land without electricity? And without electricity, isn't the whole idea of an opera house in the wilderness a tad ludicrous?
Maybe these questions are all answered and I just missed them. Even so, these issues could have been better addressed in the script.
Not as deeply thematic as "Aguirre: The Wrath Of God" , Werner Herzog's "Fitzcarraldo" nevertheless is an unusual film, one that is worth watching for its stunning visuals and thematic contrasts, its physicality, and the eccentric character of Fitzcarraldo, the dreamer who can move mountains.
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