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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!
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…
Perfect tale of an imperfect production. Great depiction of how a filmmaker thinks and some stubbornness that can come with it when things don't go according to plan.
A great film, but I feel like I had been so inundated with the stories of Fitzcarraldo's production from interviews and articles that by the time I finally saw this it lost a lot of its impact. The best scenes are Herzog monologuing on the nature of the jungle and story telling, and the scenes where Blank's eyes wander towards the idiosyncrasies of the people.
Works not only as an excellent documentation of one of the most ambitious films I've ever seen, but also goes beyond a "making of" to become something more.
"Taking a close look at - at what's around us there - there is some sort of a harmony. It is the harmony of....overwhelming and collective murder."
La historia de un hombre luchando contracorriente por cumplir su sueño, que era hacer una película sobre un hombre luchando contra corriente por cumplir su sueño. Es el otro lado de la moneda de The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, un fuerte recordatorio de que el cine, antes de ser negocio, fue arte.
"If I abandon this project, I would be a man without dreams and I don't want to live like that....Without dreams we would be cows in a field, and I don't want to live like that. I live my life or I end my life with this project."
This is probably my favourite doco. I've seen Fitzcarraldo, read Herzog's journal from the time, and now watched the making of film. It's just the most amazing record of an incredible time. It seems like he was on hand for most of the screening, and you can just tell he had oodles of great material. What I would give for a three hour directors cut of Herzog just talking about Nature to…
"If I believed in the devil I'd say he was here."
Filmmakers will sometimes go to unusual lengths to make a movie, and this is another chaotic example in the vain of Apocalypse Now documentary and lost in La Mancha.
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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