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Burden of Dreams
For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man’s attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this production, made more perilous by Herzog’s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of native Indians to pull a full-size, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process and a unique look into the single-minded mission of one of cinema’s most fearless directors.
This documentary makes a fabulicious companion piece to follow your viewing of the Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo!
Fitzcarraldo is based on a true story where an Irishman takes apart a 30 ton ship and reassembles it at the other tributary! But in the film Fitzcarraldo Herzog decides the ship will be a 200 ton ship and instead of taking it apart it will be pulled up and over the steep hill to the other side! An overly ambitious undertaking that would suck everyone into a dark abyss of anguish and frustration!
What this director, crew and actors went through to complete this film is far more amazing than what took place in the actual film! The fact he felt risking…
In the teeth of a lousy bout of writer's block, it's a blessing to watch someone I admire as much as Werner Herzog saying he's "running out of fantasy". What a great term for the stalling of the imagination - good enough to be swiped for the title of a track on the Manic Street Preachers' 2013 album Rewind the Film.
One of the most quotable documentaries ever, Burden of Dreams sees Herzog in the Amazon rainforest, trying to complete his film Fitzcarraldo. Directed by Herzog's friend and fellow director Les Blank, it largely avoids sensationalism - the famous clip from Herzog's later documentary My Best Fiend of Klaus Kinski screaming out producer Walter Saxer does not appear, despite being…
"I love it, but I love it against my better judgement".
It's difficult to review this objectively, separate from what I consider to be the greatest film ever made, but I might watch FITZCARRALDO soon so I'll save it. The lovely thing is that BURDEN OF DREAMS stands alone as a great documentary and a perfect companion to its subject. It can be watched before (even though it has "spoilers" I endorse doing this, I saw MY BEST FIEND before FITZCARRALDO and the background information made me appreciate the film much more) or alone. It tells a story by itself, focused on a man willing to risk his life for a metaphor and the disappearing native Amazon people that helped…
I have the greatest respect and admiration for both the man and the filmmaker Werner Herzog. Just as Fitzgerald, Herzog goes unheard lengths to complete his vision, not matter what. To pull a 320-ton steamer up and over a hill is no joke , it's not film tricks, it's not special effects. Herzog actually did it, risking both the entire production and lives, to complete his dream without compromising. The creative and uncompromising madness of Herzog is reflected in the ambitious maniac in Fitzgerald, and vice versa.
Watching Fitzcarraldo and the documentary Burden of Dreams back-to-back is one of the most rewarding film experiences you can ever have. The story of Herzog is in many ways better than the movie…
A really fascinating film depicting the troubled making of Fitzcarraldo. It just goes to show that you should always persevere with a dream or a vision through adversity. It also compares favourably to Hearts of Darkness as a documentary that highlights how tough film making can be and stands as one of the best films about the making of a film that has ever been made!
I liked Fitzcaraldo a lot, but the story behind it is more interesting. And the filming of the ship going through the rapids was more exciting here than its depiction in the movie.
Honestly, I wish there were more movies with Werner Herzog on the other side of the camera. He makes a most compelling subject. Even when he is on the verge of self-parody I could listen to him go on about how nature is horrible and the birds are screaming in pain.
The trees here are in misery, and the birds are in misery. I don't think they sing; they just screech in pain.
El perfecto acompañamiento de esa maravillosa locura que fue rodar Fitzcarraldo en el infierno amazónico.
Werner Herzog is such a gift. Appreciate him, dammit!!!
Gotta pursue your dreams. Otherwise we'd be cows in the field.
"If I abandon this project, I would be a man without dreams, and I don't want to live like that."
I pretty much always knew that the story of making Fitzcarraldo would be more interesting than Fitzcarraldo itself, but now I've seen the proof. Also, just a beautiful movie about what it means to be an artist. The only issue with it is that there's so little Klaus Kinski. I wanted some Kinski being angry, Kinski thinking the natives were fond of him when they actually wanted to kill him, Kinski getting into arguments with Werner Herzog.
"If I abandon this project I would be a man without dreams and I don't want to live like that: I live my life or I end my life with this project."
I'd seen Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo before, but never knew the harrowing story of its making until now. Herzog is still very much an enigma to me, but after seeing Burden of Dreams I finally have a better understanding of his droll brand of madness. Great doc. A true conquest of the useless!
A very insightful and informative documentary looking into the making of Fitzcaraldo.
Herzog is exactly as crazy and down to earth (in equal measure) as I might has predicted. He got his crazy dream, he conquered the useless, but as he says, until the end of his days he'll never be happy about it. I wonder what he'd say about it now. I wonder if, for him, all that chaos and fornication was worth it.
Pretty fascinating watching Herzog piece together a massively difficult vision. Les Blank's film covers enough ground as to inform on a bevy of factors that made the production of FITZCARRALDO so strenuous. Though it blatantly recognizes the artistry involved in the lengths Herzog would go, BURDEN OF DREAMS is careful not to fully endorse his far-reaching methods. In interview, Herzog himself is verbose and dry, a cool presence guided always by the actualization of his ambitions than pragmatism. There's also an air of voyeurism to how this documentary captures the happenings around the sets, and reflects on the natural order of things in the area. A worthwhile document and companion piece to a brilliant film.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
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Number I've Seen: 189/764 (25%)
UPDATED: February 20, 2014
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