Documentary following Werner Herzog's descent into near madness, as he battles to make his epic tour de force Fitzcarraldo, in the rainforests of South America. Blank's camera calmly records the journey as almost everything that can go wrong does: legendary leading actor Klaus Kinski exhibits behaviour that would tax a saint, major casting problems see Jason Robards and Mick Jagger pull out halfway through shooting, the weather turns, and the crew is even caught in a war between Peru and Ecuador. Facing problems that would floor most directors, the film is a monument to Herzog's almost masochistic desire to do the impossible impossibly well.
Best Films of the 20th Century - Derek Malcolm's 'Century of Films' The Guardian.
Followed by a Q&A with acclaimed Producer André Singer who has worked with Werner Herzog on eight films, including a clip from Herzog's soon-to-be-released feature Into the Abyss.
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Winner: Best Documentary: BAFTA 1983