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still from Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, DE/PE 1982)


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Werner Herzog / DE, PE, 1982 / 158 min.

Herzog and Kinski condemned to one another again. Businessman Fitzcarraldo wants to build an opera house in the Peruvian rainforest. To reach it, he has a steamboat dragged over the hills. This dangerous feat was really performed for the film.

poster Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, DE/PE 1982)

Peru, the early 20th century: businessman Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, nicknamed ‘Fitzcarraldo’, is crazy about opera, and – in particular – about world renowned tenor Enrico Caruso. He wants to build an opera house for him in the middle of the rainforest. To collect the necessary funds Fitzcarraldo buys aa plot for a rubber plantation and boards a steamboat heading for the jungle.


The film was made and released in both a German sproken version and an English spoken version. Eye screens in most cases the German version, sometimes with Dutch, sometimes with English subtitles. When we screen the english spoken version it's indicated on the showpage.

Fitzcarraldo is released in national cinemas by Eye.

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Scenes from this movie may cause fearThis movie contains scenes with alcohol and/or drug useThis movie contains scenes of explicit discriminationPersons under 12 years must be accompanied by an adultThis movie contains foul language


Werner Herzog

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158 min.


German, English





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Werner Herzog

Eye Filmmuseum presents an exhibition and extensive film programme around the work of celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog. With an unorthodox oeuvre of more than seventy features, documentaries and shorts, Herzog has fascinated audiences with unforgettable stories, images and characters for more than half a century. His films grant us insights into the relationship between people and the chaotic world around them, as well as into the endless indifference of nature towards human life.

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