Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
Hypnotic .It is ever tempting to try to fathom his restless spirit and his determination to challenge fate. Janet Maslin, New York TimesWerner Herzog (Grizzly Man) is one of the most revered and enigmatic filmmakers of our time, and Fitzcarraldo is one of his most honored and admired films.More than justHerzog s journal of the making of the monumental, problematical motion picture, which involved, among other things, major cast changes and reshoots, and the hauling (without the use of special effects) of a 360-ton steamship over a mountain, Conquest of the Useless is a work of art unto itself, an Amazonian fever dream that emergedfrom the delirium of the jungle.With fascinating observations about crew and players including Herzog s lead, the somewhat demented internationally renowned star Klaus Kinski and breathtaking insights into the filmmaking process that are uniquely Werner Herzog, Conquest of the Useless is an eye-opening look into the mind of a cinematic master."
"Those who haven't encountered Herzog on screen will undoubtedly be drawn in by the director's lyricism, while cinephiles will relish the opportunity to retrace the steps of one on the medium's masters."--Publishers Weekly
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