Directed by Werner Herzog • 1987 • West Germany
Starring Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy
This final collaboration between best fiends Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski plumbs the horrors of colonialism in a delirious cinematic nightmare. COBRA VERDE tells the story of a Brazilian rancher turned outlaw who roams the countryside, until a wealthy sugar baron hires him to supervise his plantation’s slaves. When the baron’s three daughters all end up pregnant by Cobra, the baron sends him to Africa to negotiate the prohibited slave trade.