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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.

Published: HarperCollins on Jul 27, 2010
ISBN: 9780062016461
List price: $8.99
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Magnificent book, one of the best I've read in this year.I've grown quite fond of diaries and journals over the past while and Herzog's notes, written in minuscule script during the making of his epic film "Fitzcarraldo", are mesmerizing, poetic, candid and illuminating. Not much about the making of the actual film, more a depiction of the inner landscapes of the director's mind, the moods (ecstatic, furious, depressed) that accompanied the massive undertaking of bringing the film to the world's screens.read more
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Magnificent book, one of the best I've read in this year.I've grown quite fond of diaries and journals over the past while and Herzog's notes, written in minuscule script during the making of his epic film "Fitzcarraldo", are mesmerizing, poetic, candid and illuminating. Not much about the making of the actual film, more a depiction of the inner landscapes of the director's mind, the moods (ecstatic, furious, depressed) that accompanied the massive undertaking of bringing the film to the world's screens.
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