Fitzcarraldo (1981)

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1896. A penniless entrepreneur, Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (called Fitzcarraldo by the Indians) living in Iquitos, a shanty town on the Amazon thousands of miles from anywhere, has a dream: to bring opera to the town, and especially Caruso, who has just given a performance in the rubber-boom city of Manaus. To get Caruso, he has to build an opera house, which involves his undertaking a scheme to exploit a hitherto inaccessible area of rubber trees, which lies beyond rapids never before navigated.

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