Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cobra Verde (1987)

Director: Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy. 111 min. West Germany/Ghana. Adventure/Drama.

The fifth and last Herzog-Kinski collaboration follows the same themes they developed in Aguirre: The Wrath of God and Fitzcaraldo: A crazy man on a crazy expedition in a crazy environment. A feared bandit in the 1800s is sent to Africa to revitalize the slave-trade business, but in reality he's sent there to see the end of him. Surprisingly, he almost succeeds through bizarre struggles and methods (e.g., surviving an execution, creating an army of women). But the beautiful photography and panorama shots are much more engaging than the story. Recommended, probably only for die-hard Herzog fans.

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