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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…
"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…
Whilst i already knew a good portion of the story beforehand; this thematically mirrored documentary, with insights on Herzog, is a mandatory watch alongside Fitzcarraldo.
"I shouldn't make movies anymore. I should go to a lunatic asylum right away."
Yes, Werner, i'm thinking maybe you should!
Regardless as to whether or not you enjoyed "Fitzcarraldo", the documentary feature "Burden of Dreams" tells the incredible story behind it with great ease. This is a rare behind the scenes look of a movie that is just as captivating as the fiction itself. Herzog's struggles as a filmmaker pitted against uncontrollable nature, production problems and waring tribes makes him a character straight out of his own movies. It's almost a magical literary feeling until you remember the truth behind each devastating blow. "Burden of Dreams" succeeds with "Fitzcarraldo" in telling the tale of impossible passion driving men into darkness. The two films together tell an unforgettable experience.
4/4, 8/10, A-, Thumbs up
Documentaries about the making of movies are usually interesting to me, even though clever documentarians might be responsible for the cliché that movies are always about their own making.
Documentaries about movies that do NOT get made are something I don't think we need so much of, but I guess I want to complete the trilogy of movies about Jason Robards getting sick and quitting movies.
Amazing the making of the movie has the same plot as the movie it's self.
"On top of everything else, the only soccer ball in camp has a hole in it"
Burden of Dreams is to Fitzcarraldo, what Hearts of Darkness is for Apocalypse Now. Some of the similarities and hardships in the making of these two movies make you wonder if Herzog and Coppola were competing in creating the most difficult jungle-based movie.
But while Hearts of Darkness was (to) close to Coppola, because it was made by his wife, Burden of Dreams delivers a distant view on Herzog. It is shown that he wasn't less of a maniac while filming than Kinski. He made Fitzcarraldos task of getting the ship over the mountain his own and stopped at nothing to fulfill his vision..
If "Fitzcarraldo" brought the sanity of the universe into question, then "Burden of Dreams" narrows that inquiry to Herzog.
It's Doc time. Yet another documentary in my quest for 365 films a year. This time it is a film that is directed by Les Blank. The director of the film isn't as important as the director in the film. Burden of Dreams is a doc that follows and chronicles of German director Werner Herzog's production of his film Fitzcarraldo.
Fitzacarraldo is a movie about a down and out rubber baron in the amazon jungle. He dreams of bringing an opera house to his remote village. In his attempts to fund this insane project he is trying to deliver rubber on the river at a cheap rate. He has an idea to use the natives to help pull a three…
Tromsø film club's summer contest #8: A film about film
Burden of Dreams is a documentary about the film Fitzcarraldo, and was shot while the film was made. Because the concept of the film is completely insane so why not document it all the way?
The first thing we're told is that Fitzcarraldo originally starred Jason Robards and Mick Jagger(!) in the main roles, but that they had to drop out because of health problems and obligations to some silly band. It would have been an incredibly interesting version, and probably changed Herzog career. How much more money could Fitzcarraldo have made with Jagger in one of the biggest roles?
Herzog had to find new investors and start the movie…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)
UPDATED: July 27, 2015
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