Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972)
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This is a film I'll think about for weeks. I agree that it's 'slow' but I think I'd rather call it "contemplatively paced". It's a film that deals sparingly with religion, yet feels like a religious experience. I know, pretentious, right? Well, it's a flick I'm finding hard to pin down and I feel the need to grasp at the conceptual ether for answers.
I love this film - it totally opened my eyes to what cinema can do. It's got to be one of the best films ever made. It's cheaply made, badly dubbed and utterly bonkers but it's just brilliant. The last scene with Kinski on the raft with his "subjects" would be hard to top for the best end to a film ever.
This film requires multiple viewing before you can understand how perfect it's universe is. Simple yet powerful and with a very different ending. I really witnessed the wrath of God...
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This movie ranks #12 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #12 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #17 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #19 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #23 in The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema
This movie ranks #35 in History
This movie ranks #47 in Biography
This movie ranks #49 in 1970s
This movie ranks #72 in The 100 Most Significant German Films
This movie ranks #73 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #77 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #92 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #93 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #222 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #454 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #538 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #628 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #735 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films