Fitzcarraldo cast and crew including Mick Jagger, Werner Herzog, Claudia Cardinale
round table and stool
working desk and hammock
Iquitos stools and tables
and more hammock smiles
hamock, table, stools, Fitzcarraldo chairs
Fitacarraldo garden chairs and Iquitos stools
view of the swimming pool
mini jungle in the back garden
cinema where Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre are screened at night
and erotic art in the room I stayed...
from Casa Fitzcarrraldo's website:
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO, birthplace of the Werner Herzog films Fitzcarraldo & Aguirre, offers a premier, unique and unrivaled housing and jungle oasis leisure refuge for tourists and locals alike within Iquitos, Peru — a large one-of-a-kind jungle island city situated at the inner web of three mighty rivers in the Peruvian Amazon. Whether you are coming to Iquitos for volunteer work, a jungle adventure, a medicinal Ayahuasca quest or just to get away from it all, we offer like-at-home accommodation within the city, including the best (naturally cooled and very clean) swimming pool around. If you are already in Iquitos, we charge only five Soles for admittance to the grounds and are open from nine to six daily. Come enjoy our great food, drinks, & lounge about, even in our impressive tri-level treehouse with panoramic views and great sunsets. We also have a small lake and island in the back infused with lotus flowers, our friendly ducks and our other, more elusive creatures. A dense and diverse arrangement of indigenous plants and plenty of orchids highlight the property. Birdwatchers are often impressed with the species they come across, especially up top our tree house. At night you can hear our jungle chorus, unlike any hotel in Iquitos. We are conveniently located on Avenida La Marina towards the port Bellavista Nanay (where you can find Huerequeque at his bar) — just minutes from downtown.
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO is the birthplace of the legendary Werner Herzog film with Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale and Huerequeque, the drunken cook played by the local celebrity Enrique Bohorquez Liguori. In this house a small group of young and determined filmmakers organized from 1977 to 1982 the production of an extraordinary film that made history and is still alive even today — years after its opening. Fitzcarraldo, together with "Aguirre, The Wrath of God" (that was shot ten years earlier) certainly help put the Peruvian Amazon on the map of the world. Many have been inspired to visit here and Iquitos after seeing these films.
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO is owned by Micaela Helvecia Saxer Gonzalez, daughter of Gloria Gonzalez Sandoval and the film’s Executive Producer Walter Saxer, who was involved in almost all of Herzog’s feature films. She was born here in Iquitos during the production of “Fitzcarraldo” and is now with her husband, David, back in the place of her origin. A small jungle oasis within a chaotic and noisy city, La Casa Fitzcarraldo has the tendency to let you forget the rest of Iquitos. Iquitos is a place where cement means progress, politicians are mostly concerned with bribes, and priests and missionaries obsess about their tax-free donations. Educating the population about the danger of losing the lung of the planet and its irreversible consequences sadly is not much of a priority here. In Iquitos you can see the battle for the jungle, the incessant grab and exportation of resources with little benefit for its inhabitants. This frantic, oddly peaceful, old-west style frontier town is a one-of-a-kind gateway for your Amazonian adventure.
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO has shady huts around the pool where we offer a variety drinks and local food specialties like ceviche, cecina, dorado, barbeque chicken, patarashca de corvina or tucunare, as well as Italian dishes on request. We also have the only Argentine and American steaks in Iquitos. And unlike most Restaurants in town, here you can have a normal conversation and relax over an exquisite meal, away from the 30,000+ Motokar drivers who terrorize this city.
"At the end of the fifteenth of his 'Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Mankind' Schiller states a paradox and makes a promise. He declares that ‘Man is only completely human when he plays’, and assures us that this paradox is capable ‘of bearing the whole edifice of the art of the beautiful and of the still more difficult art of living’. We could reformulate this thought as follows: there exists a specific sensory experience—the aesthetic—that holds the promise of both a new world of Art and a new life for individuals and the community. There are different ways of coming to terms with this statement and this promise. You can say that they virtually define the ‘aesthetic illusion’ as a device which merely serves to mask the reality that aesthetic judgement is structured by class domination. In my view that is not the most productive approach..." from
Jacques Rancier, 'The Aesthetic Revolution and its Outcomes', New Left Review 14, April-March 2002
Pablo León de la Barra is an exhibition maker, independent curator and researcher. He was born in Mexico City in 1972. León de la Barra has a PhD in History and Theories from the Architectural Association, London. He has curated among other exhibitions ‘To Be Political it Has to Look Nice’ (2003) at apexart and Art in General in New York; ‘PR04 Biennale’ (2004, co-curator) in Puerto Rico; ‘George and Dragon at ICA’ (2005) at the ICA-London; ‘Glory Hole’ (2006) at the Architecture Foundation-London; ‘Sueño de Casa Propia’(2007-2008, in collaboration with Maria Ines Rodriguez) at Centre de Art Contemporaine-Geneve, Casa Encendida-Madrid, Casa del Lago-Mexico City, and Cordoba, Spain; ‘This Is Not America’ at Beta Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009); ‘Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, Yucatan and Elsewhere’, at the CCE in Guatemala (2010); ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’, Cerith Wyn Evans at Casa Barragan, Mexico City (2010); ‘Incidents of Mirror Travel in Yucatan and Elsewhere’, at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2011); 'Bananas is my Business: the Southamerican Way' at Museu Carmen Miranda, Rio de Janeiro (co-curated with Julieta Gonzalez, 2011); 'MicroclimaS' at Kunsthalle Zurich (2012); 'Esquemas para una Oda Tropical', Rio de Janeiro, 2012; 'Marta 'Che' Traba' at Museo La Ene, Buenos Aires (2012); Novo Museo Tropical at Teoretica, San Jose, Costa Rica (2012); Museu Labirinto / Museum of Unlimited Growth, ArtRio, Rio de Janeiro (2012); The Camino Real Arcades, Lima, Peru (2012). PLB has acted as advisor and/or art curator for the following art fairs: Pinta/London (2010-12), Maco/Mexico (2009-1012), Circa/Puerto Rico (2010), La Otra/Bogota (2009), ArteBA/ Buenos Aires (2012), ArtRio/Rio de Janeiro (2011-2013). León de la Barra has written amongst other publications for: Frog/Paris, PinUp/New York, Purple/Paris, Spike/Austria, Tar/Italy, Wallpaper/London, Celeste/Mexico, Tomo/Mexico, Rufino/Mexico, Ramona/Buenos Aires, Metropolis M/Amsterdam, Numero Cero/Puerto Rico. PLB has also written texts for many artists and exhibition catalogues, lectured internationally and participated in many international symposiums where relevant topics to arts, culture and society have been discussed. PLB was co-director of ‘24-7’ an artists-curatorial collective in London from 2002-2005 and artistic director of ‘Blow de la Barra’ in London from 2005-2008. From 2005 to 2012 he was curator of the White Cubicle Gallery in London, a community art space which he also founded. He is also founder of the Novo Museo Tropical, a museum yet to physically exist somewhere in the tropics and curated the First Bienal Tropical in San Juan Puerto Rico (2011). He is also the publisher of Pablo Internacional Editions and editor of his own blog the Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution. He lives and works between London, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, San Juan, Bogota, Lima, Athens, Beirut...