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Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Released 1977
Distributor New Yorker Films

The offbeat art house film merges with the old-fashioned Hollywood epic in Werner Herzog’s astonishing Aguirre, the Wrath of God (accent on “wrath”). Filmed under punishing conditions in the Peruvian jungle, Herzog upped the pain quotient by casting the unruly Klaus Kinski as the mad conquistador Lope de Aguirre—the legendary battles between director and actor were epic too. 

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About John Sayles

John Sayles is an actor, screenwriter, film director and novelist. His most recent novel, A Moment in the Sun, is now available in paperback and his latest feature (his 18th!), Go For Sisters, will attempt to sneak into theaters this September. He would rather watch a good trailer than a bad movie.