Conquest of the Useless

Conquest of the Useless

Reflections From the Making of Fitzcarraldo

Book - 2009
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One of the most revered filmmakers of our time, Werner Herzog wrote this diary during the making of Fitzcarraldo, the lavish 1982 film that tells the story of a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill in the Amazon jungle in order to access a rich rubber territory. Later, Herzog spoke of his difficulties when making the film, including casting problems, reshoots, language barriers, epic clashes with the star, and the logistics of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill without the use of special effects. Hailed by critics around the globe, the film went on to win Herzog the 1982 Outstanding Director Prize at Cannes. Herzog's diary is a glimpse into the mind of a genius during the making of one of his greatest achievements.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061575532
Characteristics: ix, 306 p. : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Winston, Krishna


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Apr 24, 2014

Herzog sees how entropy take over and describes it matter-of-factly, time and time again. The absurd blends with the tragic beautifully. And to know what Herzog's voice sounds like is the icing on the cake. It is simultaneously elegant, melancholic, and powerful.

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