5.0 out of 5 stars
Slow? Sure! A Classic? Undoubtably!, June 9 2002
Again, Klaus does his thing in front of Herzogs Camera. And what a camera it is. From the opening secen where the Spaniards appear as ants in the fog, then a boot appears in front of the camera you realise that this is going to be spectacular. There are many highlights of this wonderful movie. The spaniards trapped in a raft going round in the rapids ( like their journey itself), the raft being over run by monkeys in the finish, to Aguirres grief at the death of his daughter. This is an amzing film.
It is not for everyone I would conceed. The plot does move slowly, and the action lags in the middle. Despite all this the sheer emotional impact and documentary feel of the film ( due to the aspect used, the muted colours and rich soundtrack) creates an absolutly unique cinema moment.