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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.
"If I abandon this project I would be a man without dreams, and I don't want to live like that."
Someone really missed out on a great opportunity to call this Herzcarraldo. It's amazing how closely the making of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo parallels the actual story within the film itself. The film hit every possible snag in its production, from sets falling apart to cast and crew being attacked by natives. And while this is due in large part to Herzog's insane dedication to verisimilitude, it also needs to be said that the director never asks anyone to do anything he doesn't do himself. The problem is that there's almost nothing Herzog won't do himself. There's a shot in the documentary…
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…
Fitzcarraldo is an extraordinary film. Werner Herzog's customary analysis of madness and obsession is a riveting and audacious work. Les Blanks's documentary, Burden of Dreams is no less gripping.
Blank films Herzog and his cast and crew during the protracted, Sisyphean task of brining his film to the screen. From funding difficulties to losing his main cast, Jason Robards and Mick Jagger (shown in incredible early filmed footage) to recalcitrant crew and extras, Herzog's usual amiable demeanour and that soothing Bavarian lilt mask a man driven beyond all reason. It paints him in both a heroic and a foolish light as he routinely takes the harder option, and it implies that at times people lose there lives as a result…
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!
Γυριζοντας μια ταινια παιρνεις παντα μια μικρη γευση απο την κολαση. Τα 4 χρονια που περασε ο Werner Herzog στη μεση της ζουγκλας για να γυρισει το Fitzcaraldo ηταν σιγουρα κατι χειροτερο. Η επιμονη του φτανει σε σημειο τρελας, και καθε εμποδιο κανει το πεισμα του ακομη πιο δυνατο. Το ντοκιμαντερ αυτο αποτελει μνημειο της ανθρωπινης θελησης που μπορει (κυριολεκτικα) να κινησει βουνα.
Either Herzog didn't learn anything from Coppola's nightmare in the jungle or he was looking for the filmmaking challenge of a lifetime. Luckily, as bad as things got while shooting Fitzcarraldo (1982), at least he didn't have to deal with Marlon Brando. Not to downplay any of Herzog's struggles or imply that this is any less of a documentary, but Burden of Dreams is essentially Hearts of Darkness Lite.
Herzog is a beautiful, crazy genius. I hadn't realised just how unbelievable it is that Fitzcarraldo was ever completed. Watch that then watch this!
Herzog's dedication rivals Fitzcarraldo's own. I'm amazed he was able to complete Aguirre, much less Fitzcarraldo.
41/366 for 2016
This would make for a great double feature with American Movie. Werner Herzog, the beautiful eccentric and enigmatic personality that he is, makes for a truly fascinating subject here. The set of a film alone is such an emotionally heightened headspace to capture, and Les Blank gets it right. Yes, this is an extraordinary scenario, but the title's theme nonetheless stays and permeates through every choice and action taken, or denied. The question of how far someone can be willing to go for art, in a respectful manner, is a tricky line to toe. The film acknowledges this, and we see Herzog absolutely dealing with this, amidst some truly questionable choices. What's selfish and what's…
Burden of Dreams (1982) is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the people and places involved in the making of Werner Herzog’s jungle epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), the story of one man’s impossible dream to bring Opera to the Amazon jungles of South America as a metaphor for conquering our darker primal nature through enlightenment by enchanting the Peruvian natives with music.
Les Blank was hired to document the making of this grand sweeping adventure tale as it was being shot in the most isolated and inhospitable tropical forests of Peru. The herculean task of bring this film to life became just as harrowing as the adventure story it was depicting, which Herzog says is based on a news story he read.…
Herzog is so nonchalantly insane I'm starting to think we're actually the crazy ones.
This is hands down one of the most mesmerizing films ever made. To watch this film is to watch a man subject himself to near soul shattering adversity. To listen to him chronicle his pain, the death of his imagination paired with a co-star who is rapidly descending into madness makes it impossible to capture what the film has to offer and put it into words.
"This land is cursed here, and the further you go into it the heavier the curse, it is a land that if God existed, has created in anger."
"Taking a look around you, there is a harmony here, It is the harmony of overwhelming and collected murder".
Side note: I had to…
a movie where they do in the movie what they do in the movie this movie is about making. tell me you don't wish you had every t shirt they wear in this film!
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