The untrue documentary about an Irishman in Peru who moved a steamship over a mountain intact, who was actually a half-American Peruvian who moved a steamship over a mountain dismantled, piece by piece; only the German filmmaker actually had a steamship moved over a mountain intact

Yeah.

In reality, there never was a Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald in Peru and no one (except for Herzog) ever tried to move an intact 340-ton steam ship over a mountain. The truth of the matter is that there was a Peruvian named Carlos Fermin Fitzcarrald, a rubber baron who lived in Iquitos.  According to the Municipality of Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald,  Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald was the son of an American (not Irish) father and a Peruvian mother. Indeed Fitzcarrald did move a steam ship over a mountain, but he had sense enough to dismantle it and take it piece by piece, unlike the director Herzog who had an indigenous crew transport the ship intact.

Bizarre…

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