We will be attending a special showing of the German classic film "Aguirre, Wrath of God" at the Seattle Art Museum which is part of the programming associated with SAM's current exhibition "Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon". This film, released in 1972, is considered by many critics to be director Werner Herzog's greatest film, and also to be the best role of the lead actor (crazed) Klaus Kinski. "Aguirre" depicts a journey into the Peruvian jungle by Spanish conquistadors searching for El Dorado, the city of gold. Here is a description of the film taken from rottentomatoes.com:
"The most famed and well-regarded collaboration between New German Cinema director Werner Herzog and his frequent leading man, Klaus Kinski, this epic historical drama was legendary for the arduousness of its on-location filming and the convincing zealous obsession employed by Kinski in playing the title role. Exhausted and near to admitting failure in its quest for riches, the[masked] expedition of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro bogs down in the impenetrable jungles of Peru. As a last-ditch effort to locate treasure, Pizarro orders a party to scout ahead for signs of El Dorado, the fabled seven cities of gold. In command are a trio of nobles, Pedro de Ursua, Fernando de Guzman, and Lope de Aguirre (Kinski). Traveling by river raft, the explorers are besieged by hostile natives, disease, starvation and treacherous waters. Crazed with greed and mad with power, Aguirre takes over the enterprise, slaughtering any that oppose him. Nature and Aguirre's own unquenchable thirst for glory ultimately render him insane, in charge of nothing but a raft of corpses and chattering monkeys. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1973) was based on the real-life journals of a priest, Brother Gaspar de Carvajal, who accompanied Pizarro on his ill-fated mission.
Here is a preview of this film:
Aguirre - trailer
This film frequently appears on "top 100 films ever made" lists and has a 98 rating on rottentomatoes.com. Here is the link where you can read or scan all of the reviews to see if this film is for you:
tomatometer - Aguirre, Wrath of God
Roger Ebert gave this film four stars out of four; here is his review:
Ebert review of Aguirre
Early this year the British Film Institute released a restored version of the film which was shown at several theaters in the UK. The folks at SAM are checking to see if we will be viewing the BFI restored version or an earlier version.
This showing of "Aguirre, Wrath of God" will take occur at 7:30 in the Plestcheeff Auditorium of the Seattle Art Museum. Admission is $8, or $7 for SAM members.
Please meet me outside of the auditorium no later than 7:15. Depending on the size of the audience you should either go into the theater immediately to claim a seat if it looks crowded, or you can wait outside with me if the showing will be lightly patronized. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a cap of some type (beret, black rain hat, African brimless cap (kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program at 7:30 pm. Please note that I use a “dumbphone” which is voice only (no data capability but it does meet Mil Standard 810G and can operate in a wide range of hostile environments such as a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a message on the web site; I will not be able to read these.
There will be an optional beverage and food stop at the conclusion (i.e., after all the credits have rolled by) of this film. Meet me outside of the auditorium. Most likely we will patronize the Pike Pub and Brewery which is kitty corner (i.e., diagonally across the intersection) from SAM; however, we need to keep our options open depending on the size of our group and the available seating at the local cafes/bars.