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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Movies Houstonians Love. The eighth season of Movies Houstonians Love invites notable local celebrities to share a favorite film in Brown Auditorium Theater.Fitzcarraldo
Directed by Werner Herzog
1982, in German, Spanish, and Italian with English subtitles
35mmIntroduced by Gwen Goffe, former associate director, investment and finance, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.A haunting film in a class of its own, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo tells the story of opera aficionado Brian Sweeney "Fitzcarraldo" Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski, who played the title character in Herzog’s Aguirre: The Wrath of God, also set in South America). A failed railway entrepreneur whose dreams and ambitions are always greater than his ability to achieve them, Fitzgerald is determined to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle, so that the locals can enjoy the music of Caruso and Verdi in their own habitat.The cunning, improbable plan involves hauling an enormous river boat across an Amazonian mountain with aid from the local Indians.Gwendolyn H. Goffe was associate director, investment and finance, for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through June 2013. Before joining the MFAH in 1988, she was associate director, finance and administration, for the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Goffe holds an MBA from Wharton. She earned a certificate from the Institute in Art Administration of the Harvard Business School and a BA from Connecticut College.Since 1992, she has been a member of Financial Executives Institute and president of the Houston Arts Combined Endowment Foundation. Goffe sat on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and served on their executive committee for six years. She was a chairman and is current cochairman of the South Main Alliance. Additionally, she has served as vice president of the Houston Museum District Association and as the owner’s representative for major museum building projects.