aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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aguirre: the wrath of god
Posted by dav at 2002 August 20 12:33 PM
File under: Movies

Last night I watched Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972) which is something I've been wanting to see ever since I saw the documentary My Best Fiend which is about Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. Aguirre is a german movie about spanish conquistadors searching in the Amazon jungle for El Dorado (The fabled City of Gold), Kinski stars in the title role as a madman bent on riches and fame. The movie was shot in the Amazon jungle in 1971, and it is a powerful and beautifully rendered story of madness and doom. I watched it on DVD and went back then watched it again with the director commentary on. I highly recommend doing this; the making of the movie is a great story itself.

Comments:

-yes- sweet HEYzeus that was a fantastic movie.

If you enjoy that Heart-of-Darkness genre (proselytizing imperial white guys getting their slow painful festering comeuppance deep in the jungle) you should also see Fitzcarraldo (really bizarre but beautifully shot, also by Herzog).

Also czech out The Mosquito Coast and Apocalypse Now. But I didn't need to tell you about those did I?

Posted by: Sean on August 20, 2002 05:52 PM

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