May has been a cold cousin with wet lips, but the first day of summer is just a few weeks away, and we will get some sun breaks this weekend. In the meantime the Tacoma Film Club is excited about launching their June screenings with genius director Werner Herzogs epic film, FITZCARRALDO (1982). Herzog is truly a renaissance man, and has directed several operas in addition to his 60 films; 31 of which have been award winning documentaries. One day I hope to see here at the TFC a double bill of LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1998), and RESCUE DAWN (2006). He knew Klaus Kinski since 1954, when the actor boarded with his family. As a director he was offered both BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005), and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975), both of which he turned down. He is the only movie director to have filmed feature films on every continent.
Werner Herzog: If I had to climb into hell and wrestle with the devil for one of my films, I would do it.”
The film theme for the three films in June is: the nature of human nature–as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Werner Herzog.”
Klaus Kinski [b. 1926, d. 1991] began his career on stage right after WWII, and he appeared in 135 films during his lifetime, dying at 65 years old. Right from the early days of his career, 1948-1989, he developed a reputation for both a ferocious talent and an equally famous ferocious temper.
The film music was written by Popol Vuh; who has only scored 12 films, and over half of them are Werner Hezrog’s.
The stunning cinematography was by Thomas Mauch. He has lensed 95 films, most of them in German; a few for Werner Herzog.
Directed by Werner Herzog @ 158 minutes.
The film stars Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jose Lewgoy, Paul Hittscher
Synopsis: Brian Fitzgerald, a rubber baron, is an obsessed opera lover, and he decides to build an opera house in the middle of the Jungle; but first he has to find a way to haul a full-sized river boat over a mountain.
Tagline: “Based on a true story.”
Trivia: Jason Robards had been cast in the lead role, Fitzpatrick, and had started filming, but had problems with Herzog, and Klaus Kinski came in to replace him. Both Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger had been approached for the role.
Roger Ebert wrote: This is a quest film in which the hero’s quest is scarcely more mad than the filmmaker’s. Movies like this exist on a plane apart from ordinary films.
So start out June properly by joining us on Friday, June 3, 2011, and watching Werner Herzog’s mad tale of FITZCARRALDO (1982). We are located at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, street level, across from Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Come early and enjoy food and fellowship before the film. The Phantom Director and Farishta will prepare a wonderful meal for us to feast on, and there are always folks to visit with, discussing movies and life. The meal is served at 6:15 p.m. We will continue to have the TFC raffle, selling tickets for a dollar, with the winners receiving either 40% of the collected revenue, or a terrific DVD from my personal collection. Look for our large TFC banner out in front. FITZCARRALDO will screen at 7:15 p.m. and it runs 2 hours and 38 minutes. So things will wind down at about 10 p.m. See you at the movies!