Originally Posted by Foxbat
Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski may have had a tempestuous working relationship but they made great movies together. Fitzcarraldo is a brilliant example of that fact.
A mesmerising and wonderful film (marred only by a couple of really tatty model shots near the end). The whole boat winching (in the non Scottish sense) over the mountainside sequence is one of the most terrifying bits of film I know. Turns out the reason the sequence was so terrifying was because it was
terrifying. The documentaryBurden of Dreams
about the making of Fitcarraldo
shows that the designer of the pulley system gave it a 70% chance of failing with a 'catastrophic' loss of life unless the film makers made changes. They didn't. He quit.
Tonight I watched Videodrome
for the severalth time. I'd forgotten how funny it is.