Three sentence movie reviews: Aguirre, Wrath of God
Thanks to the Next Picture Show Podcast, I have now watched this movie, which is a long meditation on why conquest is yucky. The slow crash and burn was mesmerizing, and there is a lot of good camera work. This movie will go down in my personal film history as having the best-ever threat in cinema.*
Cost: $3.99 via Google Play. Videorama didn’t have it. The library has five copies, but I was on a schedule.
Where watched: at home on Matt’s Surface, with Matt, who really enjoyed it.
*To quote: “Anyone who even thinks about deserting this mission will be cut up into 198 pieces. Those pieces will be stamped on until what is left can be used only to paint walls. Whoever takes one grain of corn or one drop of water… more than his ration, will be locked up for 155 years. If I, Aguirre, want the birds to drop dead from the trees… then the birds will drop dead from the trees. I am the wrath of God. The earth I pass will see me and tremble.”
(See! It’s even better when you hear Klaus Kinski say it in context!)
poster from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068182/?ref_=nv_sr_1