“Fitzcarraldo”: The Un-Making of a Masterpiece
Turns out you can make your finest work while going completely mad.
Throughout film history many movies are remembered for having been produced in very complicated conditions. Perhaps one of the most famous examples is Werner Herzog’s gonzo masterpiece Fitzcarraldo.
Fitzcarraldo tells the story of a rubber merchant who wants to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon jungle. No doubt, it’s a crazy plan. And almost as crazy as shooting the movie itself. While shooting the film, problems on set multiplied and the history of its production is now infamous. Is it because of the many fights between Klaus Kinski, and Herzog, as well as the cast crew? Maybe it all started when Jason Robards dropped out as the leading actor shortly into filming. Or maybe it’s because Herzog insisted on pulling a 300 ton riverboat over a hill. The misfortunes experienced by the crew were many, but it’s undeniable that the film turned out to be one of the most memorable works in cinematic history.
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