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Monday, 14 September 2009

Burden Of Dreams




I've been reading Herzog's memoirs from the making of Fitzcarraldo. The film is about a underdog arts patron who wishes to bring opera to the jungles of Peru. To do so he buys a massive ship and sets out into the jungle to harvest rubber. In short they wind up hauling the ship over a mountain to circumvent rapids and harvest deep in the jungle. The book recounts Herzog's dealings and efforts in the Jungle; the bugs, the politics, the crew, the actors: All of which seem to work against him. I haven't gotten to any of the famous Klaus Kinski moments, but I'm sure they will be amazing. We now stock Fitzcarraldo on DVD as well as Conquest Of the Useless (the book). The latter has been quite popular at the store since its release in July!




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