Conquest of the Useless

Conquest of the Useless

Reflections From the Making of Fitzcarraldo

Book - 2009
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"Hypnotic....It is ever tempting to try to fathom his restless spirit and his determination to challenge fate."

--Janet Maslin, New York Times

Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) is one of the most revered and enigmatic filmmakers of our time, and Fitzcarraldo is one of his most honored and admired films. More than just Herzog's journal of the making of the monumental, problematical motion picture, which involved, among other things, major cast changes and reshoots, and the hauling (without the use of special effects) of a 360-ton steamship over a mountain , Conquest of the Useless is a work of art unto itself, an Amazonian fever dream that emerged from the delirium of the jungle. With fascinating observations about crew and players--including Herzog's lead, the somewhat demented internationally renowned star Klaus Kinski--and breathtaking insights into the filmmaking process that are uniquely Werner Herzog, Conquest of the Useless is an eye-opening look into the mind of a cinematic master.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061575532
Characteristics: ix, 306 p. : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Winston, Krishna.


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Apr 24, 2014

Herzog sees how entropy take over and describes it matter-of-factly, time and time again. The absurd blends with the tragic beautifully. And to know what Herzog's voice sounds like is the icing on the cake. It is simultaneously elegant, melancholic, and powerful.

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