Killing Klaus Kinski

The hostility of the Amazon and its natural forces reaches superlative levels during the shooting of a film. The overpowering jungle and harsh weather lead the film crew to plot the assassination of the main actor. As in cinema that scrutinizes itself, we revisit in a vertiginous sequence shot a myth of the history of film when in the toughest part of filming Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog fantasize about killing actor Klaus Kinski.

Don Aquilino: Ladies and gentlemen, don't worry. This gentleman is harmless. He's just had a, a soul-stirring experience.
Rubber Baron: Sir. My servants will conduct you to the kitchen. My dogs' cook will prepare you a meal. Thank you very much, sir. You were superb.
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': To your dogs' cook.
[downs champagne glass] Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': To Verdi.
[downs champagne glass] Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': To Rossini.
[downs champagne glass] Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': To Caruso.
[downs champagne glass] Rubber Baron: [picks up champagne glass] To Fitzcarraldo, the Conquistador of the Useless!
[raises glass] Rubber Baron: Cheers!
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': As true as I am standing here, one day I shall bring grand opera to Iquitos. I will outgut you. I will outnumber you. I will outbillion you. I will outrubber you. I will outperform you. Sir, the reality of your world is nothing more than a rotten caricature of great opera.
Molly: Fitz, Fitz, let's go. This man is no opponent. He's as dead as a doornail.
Rubber Baron: Madam, I'm still standing firm on both my legs.
Molly: You're a big game hunter, aren't you?
Rubber Baron: What's that got to do with it?
Molly: Then you should know: When you shoot an elephant, he sometimes stays on his legs for ten days before he topples over. Good night!

― Fitzcarraldo


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