Enzian screens classic Werner Herzog fever dream 'Fitzcarraldo' this weekend


Fitzcarraldo is, if you’ll overlook the coinage, the Herzog-iest of all Werner Herzog’s films. It stars Klaus Kinski – the Herzog-iest of actors – as an Irish rubber planter in Amazonian Peru, whose doomed attempt to make enough money to build an opera house in the jungle finds him (actually, hundreds of indigenous workers) hauling a steamship over a mountain. (Hey guys, it’s a metaphor!) Upon its 1982 release, the New York Times called the movie “a stunning spectacle” and “a madman’s dream,” and as stories began to leak out of the remarkable toll illness and injury took on the production, the idea that it was cursed only enhanced the film’s reputation. Spooky stuff aside, it’s a risky, tragicomic miracle and the chance to see it on the big screen – and hear the soundtrack, a mix of Popol Vuh, Puccini and Pagliacci – is to be grabbed with both hands.

11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | enzian.org | $8

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