Fitzcarraldo is a Werner Herzog movie made in 1982, about a rubber baron called Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, who decides to build an opera house smack in the middle of a Peruvian Jungle. It’s a highly improbable story, unless you know that’s it’s based on fact. Little tip to bear in mind, Fitzcarraldo was an Irish guy, and they do mad well. Here’s a trailer to give you a little appetiser.
Find out how he got on in his amazing adventure and struggles with obstacles the natural environment presented along the way; at one point he has to find a way to get a very large boat over a pretty big mountain, and solves the problem the only way he can find, which is, of course the hard way! The quality of the version I found online isn’t great, but if you love adventure, and inspirational stories about stubborn people who don’t take no for an answer, this is one for you. The movie is in two parts, which are both available here:
There was also a fascinating documentary made about the making of the film, also from 1982, which you can find here: