Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of

Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog Grizzly Man is one of the most revered and enigmatic filmmakers of our time, and Fitzcarraldo is one of his most honored and admired films More than just Herzog s journal of the making of the monumental, problematical motion picture, which involved, among other things, major cast changes and reshoots, and the hauling without the use of special effects of aton steamship over a mountain, Conquest of the Useless is a work of art unto itself, an ian fever dream that emerged from the delirium of the jungle With fascinating observations about crew and cast including Herzog s lead, the somewhat demented internationally renowned star Klaus Kinski and breathtaking insights into the filmmaking process that are uniquely Werner Herzog, Conquest of the Useless is an eye opening look into the mind of a cinematic master

10 thoughts on “Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo

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    Here s something to do before the end of the month read this book and watch Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre Wrath of God, the Herzog documentary about Klaus Kinski called My Best Fiend, and the Les Blank documentary about the making of Fitzcarraldo called The Burden of Dreams A highly recommended crash course in Herzogian ecstatic beautyAt one point, a diary entr

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    His documentaries are still strong, but Herzog the person has started to lapse into self parody thanks to Youtube readings of Green Eggs and Ham, etc It s easy to imagine his journal chronicling the torturous making of Fitzcarraldo would be chock full of madly hilarious Germanic ravings and pronouncements on the maniacal cruelty of nature and hairbrained in

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    From Marina Hyde s column in today s Guardian Anyway, let me conclude with a correction A fortnight ago, I suggested the movie disaster Brexit was most like was Heaven s Gate, simply because that notorious flop effectively collapsed a studio much in the way this crisis is threatening to collapse the UK But I have since wondered whether the most closely analogou

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    I m glad that I ve not felt that compelled to HAVE to do something But I kinda relate in feeling sometimes like people around me don t give a shit and I m some crazy dreamer chick with a crazy dreamy look in her eyes But I also kinda wish that I had those visions in my head that had to come out in words and images I ve not felt the kind of righteous rightness that

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    One of my favorite films of the 1980s was Werner Herzog s Fitzcarraldo, about a 19th century Peruvian rubber baron who decides to bring the opera to the jungle city of Iquitos In order to do this, he must find a way of moving a largish steamship over a ridge that separates two adjacent rivers, the Camisea and the Urubamba Naturally, such an idea is madness on the face

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    What else can you do but give this one two thumbs up The man hauled a steamship over a mountain in theThere s nothing about that that isn t ridiculous, amazing, destructive, damaging, obsessive, incomprehensible, baffling, gratuitous, pointless, staggering, horrible, laughable, great.I ve seen My Best Fiend, Herzog s documentary about his relationship with Klaus Kinski, wh

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    Werner Herzog tells us in his preface, this book is not a collection of reports on the actual filming, and it is not a journal, except in a very general sense He refers to it as inner landscapes, born of the delirium of the jungle, but then says that he s not sure if that s really it either The book covers the period from June 1979 through November 1981 during the making of Fi

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    But in the film the geography has to be visible two rivers that almost touch, with only a mountain ridge between them, over which the ship has to be hauled Without that understanding the point of the story is lost says Herzog.In the jungle things can go wrong and everything that could go wrong did, in Herzog s case And people kept asking him, why can t we ditch the scene with the

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    Fear and Loathing in the Peruvian Jungle Werner Herzog s Pursuit of his Dream.I feel that it is a fairly safe statement that never has a film production been so fraught by so many factors political hurdles, extortionate local bureaucrats, wars between indiginous tribes, plane crashes, torrential down pours, drought, dried up funding, drunken extras, drunken crew, drunken actors, snake

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    So, if like me, you ve seen Fitzcaraldo and Burden of Dreams and My Beast Fiend in addition to having read Kinski Uncut, is this still worth checking out The answer is an emphatic yes Yes all the way to Peru Herzog writes the way he speaks, in his own well I wouldn t say inimitable because people do pretty good impressions of his these days idiosyncratic, stream of subconscious cadence th

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About the Author: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog born Werner Stipeti is a German film director, screenwriter, actor, and opera director.He is often associated with the German New Wave movement also called New German Cinema , along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schl ndorff, Wim Wenders and others His films often feature heroes with impossible dreams, or people with unique talents in obscure fields.

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