Aguirre The Wrath of God (1972)

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Aguirre The Wrath of God 1972 DVD Region One (Playable in North America - The US, Canada, Mexico, etc.) Color. German with English subtitles.

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Ruy Guerra. Directed by Werner Herzog.

The story begins in 1560, with Pizarro (Alejandro Repulles) and his army of conquistadors traversing the Andes in search of the legendary City of El Dorado, which is said to hold riches beyond measure. When they reach an impasse, however, Pizarro commands forty men to continue down the river by raft, to seek out any Christian civilization that may be able to lead them to their destination. He places Don Pedro de Ursua (Ruy Guerra) in charge, with Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski) as his second in command, giving them one week, after which time if they have not returned, Pizarro and the rest will go back the way they came. When this leg of the expedition goes awry as well, Ursua issues orders that they are to return to Pizarro; Aguirre disagrees and rallies the men against Ursua, telling them to consider Cortes, who disobeyed when ordered back, and then went on to conquer Mexico. What the men do not realize at the time, is that Aguirre is a delusional madman with an agenda of his own.

Filmed on location in the Amazon, with stunning beauty and detail.