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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…
"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…
"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!
Kinda underwhelmed tbh
The best thing about Fitzcarraldo is that it unwittingly spawned Burden of Dreams. This documentary, after a fairly unimpressive start, with a summary of the plot of the film and some behind the scenes footage, kickstarts after Herzog's project begins to fall apart. A "troubled production" doesn't even start to describe the amount of problems that crew had, from weather to politics, from a recast of the protagonist mid-filming to fear of attack from native tribes to the sheer logistics of actually dragging a full-size boat uphill, this is one of the most interesting parallels between filmmaker and film ever documented. Herzog is Fitzcarraldo, but much more interestingly, since he's not naive. Both are crazy, but Herzog's clearheadedness makes his…
What are your plans when this movie's all over? What are you gonna be doing?
Herzog: I shouldn't make movies anymore. I should go to a lunatic asylum right away. But I don't know. It's very much of it is is too crazy and too just not what a man should do in his life all the time. And I feel if even if I get that boat over the mountain and somehow I finish that film... anyone can congratulate me and talk me into finding it marvellous. Nobody on this earth will convince me to be happy about all that. Not until the end of my days.
I admit I definitely checked this movie out because of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I recently purchased Fitzcarraldo and soon will have a review on that at some point. This is a terrific documentary and your eyes will be completely glued to the screen as you watch this.
Let's face it Werner Herzog is one of the most interesting human beings on this planet and I could listen to this man talk for hours, maybe even days. His hilarious German accent notwithstanding, just trying to understand how this film was made is amazing.
He lost two of his main cast members and had to replace Jason Robards with Klaus Kinski, who was completely bat shit insane and…
"It's not only my dreams, my belief is that all these dreams are... are yours as well, and the only distinction between me and you is that I can articulate them... and that is what poetry or painting or literature or filmmaking is all about, it's as simple as that... and I, I make films because I have not learned anything else and I know I can do it to a certain degree... and it is my duty because this might be the inner chronicle of what we are... and we have to articulate ourselves, otherwise we would be cows in the field."
Brilliant documentary on the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, Burden of Dreams takes an in depth look at the making of Herzog’s adventure drama, and the many productions problems he faced while filming it. From controlling Klaus Kinski to battling the elements, Herzog was faced with numerous challenges that threatened the completion of the film. This documentary is brilliantly shot, and features some terrific behind the scenes footage of the troubled production. Terrific film, Burden of Dream works great as a companion piece to Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, and it is captivating, riveting and memorable from start to finish. This is very much like Heart of Darkness, which chronicled the production of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, same style of documentary, and…
A fantastic documentary that covers the gauntlet run by Herzog, Kinski et al during the making of Fitzcarraldo. Easily as good as Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, BoD delves into the nightmare four year production of Werner Herzog's troubled classic.
Despite covering a great many factors that plagued production there is little here about the famed struggles between Herzog and Kinski. In its defence, BoD documents the politics, the passions and natural forces that conspired against the filmmaker and his crew. It's a testament to Herzog's own pig headed, singular vision (that echoes Fitzcarraldo's own stubbornness and belief) that this movie ever got made.
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Number I've Seen: 194/776 (25%)
UPDATED: May 18, 2015
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