Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

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BAFTA-winner documentarian Les Plank's making-of doco follows Werner Herzog into the Amazon jungle to film Fitzcarraldo. More

"The film lays out the troubled history of the production then follows Herzog and his antagonistic star Klaus Kinski into the Amazonian jungle as the four-year ordeal reaches its culmination. This is the film that first branded the jubilant angst of a Werner Herzog rant on our brains: the jungle has become an “obscenity… The trees here are in misery, and the birds are in misery. I don't think they sing. They just screech in pain.” A poet of simpler pleasures, Blank frames his bemused portrait of Herzog’s excesses within a lyrical portrayal of the indigenous work force. The juxtaposition is as unforgettable as the resemblance of Herzog to his fictional hero." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

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1982Rating: M, Offensive language95 minsUSASpanish, German and English with English subtitles
Documentary
Director:
Les Blank ('In Heaven There Is No Beer?', 'Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers')
Writer:
Michael Goodwin
Cast:
Werner HerzogKlaus KinskiClaudia CardinaleJason RobardsMick JaggerJosé Lewgoy

Burden of Dreams | Awards

Award Winner
Winner of the Flaherty Documentary Award (Blank), 1983 BAFTAs

Burden of Dreams | Reviews

89%18 reviews

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Time Out

Time Out

Blank's footage ... takes on a crazy life of its own as the Amazon tributary becomes a blackly comic shit creek of (off camera) tribal skirmishes.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Fitzcarraldo, though full of notable sequences, doesn't entirely work; Blank's film, however, does. You don't have to have seen Fitzcarraldo to appreciate it. As Time Out said at the time, it takes on a crazy life of its own.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Les Blank's Burden of Dreams is one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie.

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