Cobra Verde

Directed By: Werner Herzog Starring: Klaus Kinski

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In their final collaboration, werner herzog directs klaus kinski in the remarkable tale of francisco manoel da silva, the flamboyant 19th century brazilian bandit know as cobra verde. When the owner of a sugar plantation unknowingly hires the barefoot, gun-toting thief to keep his slaves in check.


Studio Anchor Bay
SKU 40142088
UPC 013131109894
UPC 14 00013131109894
Format DVD
Release Date 6/3/2008
Rating NR
Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Filmed in Ghana, Brazil, and Colombia, COBRA VERDE is a visually astonishing 19th-century true-life tale about a Brazilian bandit known as Cobra Verde (played by the ever-intense Klaus Kinski) who is exiled to West Africa to rejuvenate the slave trade. Once he's in Africa, his sanity is put to the ultimate test, as he is an unwanted outsider in a foreign, uncultivated world. Holed up in a deserted slave fortress on the coast, Cobra Verde, like many Herzog/Kinski creations before him, goes about constructing an elaborate and unlikely scheme--in this case to build up a vast slave trade ruled under his iron fist. His plans fall apart, however, when the civil wars waged by the insane Leopard King come crashing down on Cobra Verde and his plans. When the bandit is rescued by the king's equally crazy brother, Cobra Verde gathers a vast army of Amazon women warriors and plans to regain his dominance. The exquisitely photographed dusty and alien landscape of the African coast is juxtaposed evocatively with the ridiculous behavior of the slave traders as represented by Cobra Verde. Herzog crafts a deft and powerful vision of human folly and the eventual tragedy that follows, chronicling Cobra Verde's descent into total madness and self-destruction.
Plot Summary
Summary Shot in Africa and South America, COBRA VERDE is the intriguing story of a deranged bandit (Klaus Kinski) who is exiled to West Africa to rejuvenate the slave trade.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "In my country, I was a snake!"--Cobra Verde (Klaus Kinski) to his army
Quote "Eleven years of drought, the rocks are sick, the world is dying, evil is a trick."--Text from the introduction
Werner Herzog
Klaus Kinski
Cast & Crew
José Lewgoy - Star
Klaus Kinski - Star
Viktor Ruzicka - Cinematographer
Gloria Storch - Costume Designer
Bruce Chatwin - Writer
Maximiliane Mainka - Editor
Lucki Stipetic - Producer
Popol Vuh - Composer
Werner Herzog - Screenwriter
Ulrich Bergfelder - Production Designer
Werner Herzog - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
Catalog ID 11098
UPC 00013131109894
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language German
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, German
DVD, Dolby Digital (5.1), Widescreen, Trailers, Biographies
Product Attributes
Actor Kinski,Klaus
Label Video Treasures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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