This brilliant three minute animated rethinking…* of Werner Herzog‘s 1982 masterpiece, Fitzcarraldo, shot and edited by Robin Frohardt, made my day. Fitzcarraldo, one of my absolute favorite films, tells the story of a man–Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald–and the absurd grandiose dream of building an opera house in Iquitos, Peru that consumes him. To finance his dream, Fitzgerald decides to open up a tract of rubber trees on a completely inaccessible parcel of land. Ever the wild dreamer and constant rethinker…* of the impossible, Fitzgerald attempts to remedy this accessibility issue by hauling a large steamer over a mountain from one branch of the river to the other. Featuring the hauling of the steamboat, Frohardt’s animation, done all in cardboard, adds an extra dose of whimsy and delight to an already incredible story that explores imagination, passion, creativity and the realities of translating dreams into action.
Enjoy & rethink…*
FITZCARDBOARDALDO by Robin Frohardt; published on YouTube, May 29, 2013.
[H/T] FITZCARDBOARDALDO: A CLASSIC FILM RECREATED WITH CARDBOARD via Junkculture, published May 31, 2013.