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1,452 Ratings

Burden of Dreams

Directed by Les Blank
United States, 1982


Les Blank documents acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog’s ambitious and troubled production of Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man’s attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle.

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Burden of Dreams Directed by Les Blank

Critics reviews

Blank, a filmmaker with great joy of life, conflates the hardships with beauty; as Herzog harps on the misery and obscenity of nature, Blank simply accepts what is. Tired as I about hearing how, gee, The Revenant was really hard to make? Then a leisurely document of nightmarish filmmaking is for you.
February 10, 2016
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The beauty of Burden of Dreams rests greatly in how Blank and his editor/sound recorder Maureen Gosling capture not just Herzog’s dogged psyche but also the singular ecosystem surrounding it. The Fitzcarraldo production was plagued by extended waiting periods as much as by calamities, and it is during these patches of downtime that Blank’s distinctively immersive curiosity and zest are most evident.
February 10, 2016
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