Aguirre, furore di Dio (1972)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Director/Scenario/Screenplay: Werner Herzog – Director of photography: Thomas Mauch, Francisco Joan, Orlando Macchiavello – Film editor: Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus – Sound: Herbert Prasch - Music: Florian Fricke (Popol Vuh) - Production: Werner Herzog Filmproduktion – Country: Germany – Running time: 93’


Cast: Klaus Kinski (Lope de Aguirre), Helena Rojo (Inez de Atienza), Del Negro (Carvajal), Ruy Guerra (Ursua), Peter Berling (Guzman), Cecilia Rivera (Flores), Daniel Ades (Perucho), Armando Polanah (Armando), Edward Roland (Okello), Daniel Farfan, Julio Martinez, Alejandro Repullés, Indians of the Lauramarca cooperative 

The film:

“The signs of the primeval chaos influence all the hallucinated path of Aguirre […], anticipating the fact that we’re close to a world where we can’t resurface. Our look is getting through this cloud, pushed by Aguirre (and by Herzog) to go further, trying to cross the extreme limits of the visible in search of a world that only exists in the legends. For this reason the trip will be like a progressive lost of balance, as entering into the hallucination of an idea, trying to cross it, to break the laws and the barriers  and then to stop suddenly, suspended beyond that so longed limit.”


[Grazia Paganelli (curated by), Signs of Life. Tribute to Werner Herzog, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino; Il Castoro, Milano 2008, p. 62]


The film restoration:

The preservation of Aguirre, the Wrath of God was conducted by Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino and it was based on the original 35 mm negatives conserved by Werner Herzog Film Archive.  

The preservation of the film is part of a project to valorize the works by Werner Herzog, including the homage Signs of life. Tribute to Werner Herzog organized by Museo Nazionale del Cinema in 2008.  

The event showed the complete retrospective, the photography exhibition, a concert and a workshop and it was realized together with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, the Scuola Holden, the Teatro Regio of Torino, the Werner Herzog Film and the German Film.

The preservation was carried out in 2007 at the laboratories ARRI and Geyer.



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