Conquest Of The Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo

Paperback | June 29, 2010

byWerner Herzog

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“Hypnotic….It is ever tempting to try to fathom his restless spirit and his determination to challenge fate.”<_o3a_p>

—Janet Maslin, New York Times<_o3a_p>

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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.<_o3a_p>

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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 mak...

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Werner Herzog is one of our most revered contemporary filmmakers, a visionary director who ceaselessly tests the boundaries of art. Fitzcarraldo, his lavish 1982 film about a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill to access a rich rubber territory, was hailed by critics around the globe and won Herzog the 1982 Outstand...

Werner Herzog grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria. He never saw any films, television, or telephones as a child. During high school he worked the nightshift as a welder in a steel factory to produce his first film, in 1961, at the age of nineteen. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than fifty films, incl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:June 29, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061575542

ISBN - 13:9780061575549

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“Urgent and compelling. . . . A valuable historical record and a strangely stylish, hypnotic literary work.”