A man, a plan, a boat, and a mountain.

This week’s episode of Shot by Shot, the official cinematography podcast of One Perfect Shot and Film School Rejects, is dedicated to one of the most insane films of all-time, and not just for its content but for its production as well, which involves pulling, by hand, a very, very large boat over a very, very significant hump of land. I am, of course, talking about Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, which was shot by Thomas Mauch, a seven-time collaborator of the director’s. Given the difficulties of the Fitzcarraldo shoot, it’s no surprise that this was Mauch’s final time working with Herzog.

But our aim, as always, is to highlight the significance of the film’s guerrilla-style cinematography. If this is your first listen to our show, the format’s simple: each week Geoff and I each pick a few shots from a certain film and discuss their effect and significance. Check out our previous episodes:

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And the shots:

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