Conquest of the Useless
Conquest of the Useless
Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
Werner Herzog

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.

Title Conquest of the Useless
Subtitle Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
Author Werner Herzog
Publisher Ecco
Title First Published 01 July 2010
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 0061575542
ISBN-13 9780061575549
Publication Date 01 July 2010
Main content page count 320
Weight 16 oz.

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