Spanish conquistador 'Don Lupe de Aguirre' (Kinski) tussles for control of his group, while on an expedition to find the mythical city of gold; 'El Dorado'. Aguirre spirals into madness, the further he travels into the unforgiving Amazonian jungle.
Epic historical drama from Werner Herzog. Intense, fascinating, immersive, unflinching and raw. A doomed journey along a river into hell, the stunning landscape revealing its claws - transforming the cast of characters. The camera roves in a documentary fashion, placing the viewer squarely in the thick of the action. The punishing slog of the journey, the altitude, the heat, the pounding waves, and flaring tempers are laid bare. Contrasted by a strange and haunting synth score by 'Popol Vuh'.
The madness manifests in moments of odd humour and surreal imagery, personified by a remarkably unhinged / animalistic titular performance from Kinski.