Roger Ebert's 10 greatest films of all time

  • Roger Ebert's 10 greatest films of all time

    Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's "Aguirre, Wrath of God." New Yorker Films

    "Aguirre, Wrath of God" (1972), directed by Werner Herzog

    "Werner Herzog's 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God' is one of the great haunting visions of the cinema. It tells the story of the doomed expedition of the conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro, who in 1560 and 1561 led a body of men into the Peruvian rain forest, lured by stories of the lost city. . . .

    "The film is not driven by dialogue . . . or even by the characters, except for Aguirre, whose personality is created as much by [Klaus] Kinski's face and body as by words. What Herzog sees in the story, I think, is what he finds in many of his films: Men haunted by a vision of great achievement, who commit the sin of pride by daring to reach for it, and are crushed by an implacable universe."

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