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Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo

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Staff Pick

Much like the man himself, Werner Herzog's journal from the filming of Fitzcarraldo is hallucinatory and horrific, lovely and poetic all at once. This is a book about madness and obsession, about depth and illusion, about a place where nothing is as it seems. Filled with darkness and light, it's the story of a vision so contradictory and shifting it becomes life itself. I've stayed in Iquitos on the Amazon, and this is by far the most honest, accurate description of the place I've ever read. In fact, I've never read so honest a description of any place.
Recommended by Jason W., Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

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Publisher Comments:

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 Outstanding Director Prize at Cannes.

The text of Conquest of the Useless emerged as if out of an Amazonian fever dream: the crew's camp in the heart of the jungle was attacked and burned to the ground; the production clashed with a border war; two planes crashed during filming; and Herzog had to unravel the logistics of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill without the use of special effects.

More than just a journal or diary of the shooting of Fitzcarraldo, Conquest of the Useless is a work of art unto itself, which charts the inner landscapes born of the delirium of the jungle and offers an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a genius during the making of one of his greatest achievements.

Synopsis:

One of the most revered filmmakers of our time, Werner Herzog wrote this diary during the making of Fitzcarraldo, the lavish 1982 film that tells the story of a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill in order to access a rich rubber territory. Later, Herzog spoke of his difficulties when making the film, including casting problems, reshoots, language barriers, epic clashes with the star, and the logistics of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill without the use of special effects.

Hailed by critics around the globe, the film went on to win Herzog the 1982 Outstanding Director Prize at Cannes. Conquest of the Useless, Werner Herzog's diary on his fever dream in the Amazon jungle, is an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a genius during the making of one of his greatest achievements.

Synopsis:

An account drawn from a diary kept by the revered filmmaker during the 1982 production of Fitzcarraldo is a series of notes on a fever dream in the Amazon jungle that also describes the unique difficulties he faced in creating the film, from cast member clashes to the challenges of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062016461
Subtitle:
Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Werner Herzog
Author:
Herzog, Werner
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Directors
Subject:
Film and Television-Production Biographies
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-BIOGRAPHY
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100629
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
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Product details 320 pages HarperCollins - English 9780062016461 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Much like the man himself, Werner Herzog's journal from the filming of Fitzcarraldo is hallucinatory and horrific, lovely and poetic all at once. This is a book about madness and obsession, about depth and illusion, about a place where nothing is as it seems. Filled with darkness and light, it's the story of a vision so contradictory and shifting it becomes life itself. I've stayed in Iquitos on the Amazon, and this is by far the most honest, accurate description of the place I've ever read. In fact, I've never read so honest a description of any place.

"Synopsis" by , One of the most revered filmmakers of our time, Werner Herzog wrote this diary during the making of Fitzcarraldo, the lavish 1982 film that tells the story of a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill in order to access a rich rubber territory. Later, Herzog spoke of his difficulties when making the film, including casting problems, reshoots, language barriers, epic clashes with the star, and the logistics of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill without the use of special effects.

Hailed by critics around the globe, the film went on to win Herzog the 1982 Outstanding Director Prize at Cannes. Conquest of the Useless, Werner Herzog's diary on his fever dream in the Amazon jungle, is an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a genius during the making of one of his greatest achievements.

"Synopsis" by , An account drawn from a diary kept by the revered filmmaker during the 1982 production of Fitzcarraldo is a series of notes on a fever dream in the Amazon jungle that also describes the unique difficulties he faced in creating the film, from cast member clashes to the challenges of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
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