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10 Essential Werner Herzog Movies, From Divine Wrath to Gonzo Docs

A quick what-you-need-to-see primer on the legendary German filmmaker's work, from crazed conquistadors to 3-D cave tours

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'Fitzcarraldo' (1982)

Rubber baron Fitzcarraldo (Kinski, more crazed than ever) hires a crew to pull a steamship over a mountain in the jungles of Peru. When it came time to film the sequence, of course Herzog would do it for real – screw special effects! This is the one that most folks point to when they refer to the director as a "madman genius"; it's one of the few movies to inspire a making-of documentary (Les Blank's equally essential Burden of Dreams) that's even more mindbogglingly nuts than the fever-dream film itself.

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