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Fitzcarraldo

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Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale. Directed by Werner Herzog. A man hires natives in a South American jungle to pull his 320-ton steamship over a mountain in this breathtaking drama. 1982/color/157 min/PG.

Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski), known as Fitzcarraldo to the native Peruvians, is an avid opera lover and rubber baron who dreams of building an opera house in the Peruvian jungle. To accomplish this, he plans to reach an isolated patch of rubber trees and make his fortune. But these trees are not directly accessible by river because of dangerous rapids, so Fitzcarraldo runs his ship as close as possible via an alternate river and then enlists the aid of the native Peruvians to drag his ship over a mountain to the desired area. However, the natives seem to have their own agenda in so mysteriously acceding to Fitzcarraldo's wishes. The results manage to both mock and affirm the dreams of determined figures like Fitzcarraldo, making absurdity out of the stuff of human endeavor without negating the beauty of that effort. There is hardly a more awe-inspiring or arresting image than that of Fitzcarraldo's ship pulling itself up the mountain with cables and pulleys, or of the ship resting in mid-ascent as seen through the thick morning fog of the jungle.

The tortured production history of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (ably recorded in Les Blank's documentary Burden of Dreams) tends to take the spotlight away from this deeply mesmerizing film. And that's unfortunate, because the film itself is even more fascinating than the trials and tribulations, amazing though they might be, that led to its being made. Part of the problem is the film's deliberate, some might say ponderous, pace, which invites the viewer to experience the slow immersion into the jungle that Fitzcarraldo and company experience. Herzog did something similar in Aguirre, the Wrath of God, sometimes aiming his camera at the river rapids for extended periods of time, with hypnotic results. This could never happen in a Hollywood film, and it should be treasured. --Jim Gay

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Inca Mummies: Secrets of the Lost World

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Discover startling new revelations about this extraordinary civilization. Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost World transports you to remote Peruvian mountaintops with archaeologists as they explore a vast and previously unknown citadel. Venture into ancient dwellings, storehouses, and cemeteries as you investigate the mysteries of this intriguing site.

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Madeinusa

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Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three oclock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and cant see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl.

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Gods (Dioses) - Amazon.com Exclusive

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In director Josué Méndez's stylishly composed second feature, Elisa—the soon-to-be-wife of a wealthy industrialist—is eager to shed her working-class background in favor of the opulence of her fiance's elite lifestyle.

To her dismay, she soon realizes her hopes to slip into magazine-ready images of domestic splendor must also include her future stepchildren: Diego, who is hounded by his overbearing father and reluctantly preparing to enter the family business, and Andrea, Diego's party-girl sister and the object of both his desire and disgust. As Elisa embraces her new life of lavish parties and beachfront estates, Diego and Andrea rebel against their upper-class upbringing, setting the stage for an ironic contrast of fate and ambition in this biting satire on upper-crust wealth and privilege.

"Backed by excellent performances and stylishly composed images...Mendez's coolly scathing satire of Peru's upper classes conveys the anguished hollowness beneath shallow spirituality and material extravagance."
-Museum of Modern Art

"Featuring beautiful cinematography by Mario Bassino, 'Dioses' is an intelligent slice-of-life portrait of the shallow, materialistic relationships among the Peruvian upper class, a socially conscious depiction of the vapid emptiness of connection they have with each other, themselves, and the real world."
-This Week In New York

Gods is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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Nasca Lines: The Buried Secrets

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Are they ancient road maps or messages for visiting aliens? Lying at the foothill of Peru's Andes Mountains is the site of one of the world's greatest mysteries. Etched, as if by giants, onto its arid, moonscape plains are immense lines that stretch for miles to form strange shapes recognizable only from the air. Forming the shapes of animals, plants and humans, they were first spotted by pilots in the 1930s, and inspired fantastic explanations ever since.

Now, a team of specialists from around the globe has come to southern Peru to investigate the Nasca Lines in the hope of uncovering their secrets.

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Nature Parks Torres Del Paine

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The Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Southern Chile, is one of the mostfascinating mountain landscapes on Earth. Its diverse variety of landscapes is captivating, a harmonic union of rock, ice and water that is also the ideal habitat for the indigenous wildlife that lives there.Three high granite mountains tower above the landscape, the 'Paine Towers' or, the Torres Del Paine. The park derived its name from the rock needles of the wonderful mountain range that is situated in the centre of a remarkable mountain world. Below the two thousand eight hundred metre high summits, several rivers dominate the landscape, such as the Rio Grey on whose banks grow a large variety of plants.A precarious chain bridge crosses the Rio Grey to one of the most spectacular vantage points of a nearby lake, the Lago Grey. Before arriving at the Mirador Lago Grey the path leads through a kind of enchanted forest that is typical of the region. Crooked trees and strangely shaped trunks create a truly magical atmosphere.The park's walking paths that travel through green valleys are flanked by numerous flowers in all the colours of the rainbow, a feast for the senses amid pure nature. Further north of the Lago Pehoé, surrounded by steep, rocky slopes, is yet another picturesque lake, Lago Nordenskjöld. Its name is unusual for the region yet seems to be appropriate as much of it resembles a Scandinavian fjord. The Torres Del Paine National Park is rightly known as the most wonderful mountain world on Earth. Here, rock, water and indigenous plant life combine to create a perfect harmony of nature.

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7 Days Patagonia

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Patagonia is the most southerly region in Argentina and the second largest state in South America. A dream destination of strong winds, endless plains, glacial landscapes and total isolation at the end of the world.In the Tierra Del Fuego region, Ushuaia is known as the Gateway to Antarctica and is a small town that has experienced a great boom in recent years. It is difficult to believe that not long ago nothing but the wooden huts of Anglican missionaries stood here, those who introduced Christianity to the Fireland Indians in 1869.The Tierra Del Fuego National Park was founded in 1960 and is very accessible.The Rio Pipo snakes through the varied landscape and more than sixty thousand hectares cover the border with Chile surrounded by snow covered mountains that survey the land below.Only a handful of people are allowed to visit Penguin Island, closely supervised by a guide and restricted to well-defined pathways. It is fascinating to watch the Magellan Penguins, which actually bray like donkeys, as they waddle along in true penguin-like comical fashion.From the Lago Nordenskjöld there is a wonderful view of the park's natural landmark, the two thousand five hundred metre high Torres Del Paine. The remains of a dead guanako indicate that the park is also the habitat of a legendary yet dreaded predator, the puma. Patagonia is an ancient rock and savannah landscape that has been created out offire, water, wind and ice and is one of the oldest landscapes on Planet Earth. Constantly changing but also frozen in the mists of time itself!

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Don't Tell Anyone

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DON'T TELL ANYONE (No Se Lo Digas A Nadie). A beautiful Peruvian student must confront his macho father, his overly religious mother, and his doting girlfriend, before discovering his true sexual nature. Based on the best-selling novel by popular talk show host Jaime Bayly. Featuring Latin TV stars Santiago Magill, Christian Meier, and Lucia Jimenez. Official Selection: Latin American Film Series at Lincoln Center as well as The Los Angeles & Chicago Latin American Film Festivals.

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Must See Places of the World: Mystic Lands: Peru, Maya

Must See Places of the World: Mystic Lands: Peru, Maya Lowest new price: $14.99
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Edward James Olmos narrates as you visit Peru, and the land where the mighty Mayan civilization once lived

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Peru's Mass Grave Mystery

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High in the cloud forests of Peru is the mountaintop fortress of a lost civilization and an ancient legend of murder. The Chachapoya, or Cloud Warriors who lived over 400 years ago, vanished virtually overnight. For years, anthropologists have been hunting for who or what killed these people. Now, the discovery of a site with more than 80 corpses could solve this mystery. National Geographic joins a team of archaeologists and anthropologists who believe the answer is hidden in the bones-testing theories from an Inca massacre or an epidemic brought by the Spaniards to a ritual sacrifice or assassination by a rival tribe to finally close the case on this lost capital's ultimate collapse.

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