How to explain Klaus Kinski (19261991) to Americans unfamiliar with the late German actor? Think of him as the Teutonic Dennis Hopperonly crazier. Hes probably best known for Werner Herzogs Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1973), about a fanatical Spanish conquistador running amok in virgin South America. In other words, its the role Kinski was born to play. Obsessed with gold, ruthless with his men, contemptuous of the natives, oblivious to the grandeur of Peru and the Amazon basin, Aguirre is like the evil counterpart to Lewis and Clarkdiscovery and pillaging are synonymous for him; seeing is stealing. But, politics aside, its also a beautiful travelogue. Theres an amazing shot as Aguirre and his party march through the mists alongside Machu Picchu, which suddenly reveals itself as the tantalizing dream that motivates, and destroys, Kinskis character. Metro.
Wed., Nov. 7, 7 & 9 p.m., 2007