September 22, 2023

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Filmtheater Lelystad presents the German classic Fitzcarraldo

Filmtheater Lelystad presents the German classic Fitzcarraldo

Filmtheater Lelystad will screen the classic German feature film Fitzcarraldo from 1982 at the Kok CinemaxX cinema on Sunday afternoon, September 17, at 1:30 p.m.

German director, producer, screenwriter and actor Werner Herzog (Aguirre, Grizzly Man, Nosferatu) directed this film set in the tropical rainforest of Peru, starring Klaus Kinski and Claudia Cardinale. The film takes place in the early twentieth century. A businessman named Fitzcarraldo is obsessed with opera and especially the world-famous tenor Enrico Caruso. He wants an opera house built for him in the middle of the forest. To raise the necessary funds, the man buys a plot of land for a rubber plantation and boards a steamer to the forest. It is the story of a man who not only dreams of his dreams, but also wants to achieve them, despite many setbacks.

Lots of setbacks

Everything that could go wrong in filmmaking went wrong here. Jason Robards was initially cast in the lead role, but fell ill 40 days into filming. Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger exited the recording. Klaus Kinski eventually got the lead role, but he was constantly at war with Herzog. Then there was a plane crash, a border war between Peru and Ecuador, heavy rain, and hostile Indians. It’s a wonder this movie is over.

order of entrees

Filmtheater Lelystad screens this 158-minute classic with an hors d’oeuvres arrangement (two drinks, one bitter, and nuts) during intermission. Film scholar Rudi de Boer begins with an extended introduction. Visitors receive a free cup of coffee or tea in advance. Visitors pay €20.00 for this ticket.

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