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1972’s Aguirre: The Wrath of God—the story of a crazed Spanish conquistador on a doomed mission to best a swath of South American jungle—is both the film that made Werner Herzog’s reputation and a harbinger of the New German Cinema director’s enduring fixations. Herzog was to work repeatedly with the impossible Klaus Kinski, who played Aguirre, and he later twice more dragged him to the tropics to play an obsessive megalomaniac. Thus Aguirre can be seen not only as the story of European folly in a hostile environment, but also as an expression of Herzog’s own proclivity for impossible undertakings. The film will be shown with How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck, a short 1977 Herzog documentary about Pennsylvania cattle auctioneers. At 6:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)