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Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 September 1982 (Sweden)
A documentary following German auteur Werner Herzog as he deals with difficult actors, bad weather and getting a boat over a mountain, all in an effort to make his film Fitzcarraldo (1982).

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Les Blank

Writer:

Michael Goodwin (narration)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Herzog ... Self
Klaus Kinski ... Fitzcarraldo / Self
Claudia Cardinale ... Molly / Self
Jason Robards ... Fitzcarraldo
Mick Jagger ... Wilbur
Alfredo De Rio Tambo Alfredo De Rio Tambo ... Self (as Alfredo de Rio Tambo)
Ángela Reina Ángela Reina ... Self (as Angela Reine)
Carmen Correa Carmen Correa ... Self
Elia De Rio Ene Elia De Rio Ene ... Self (as Elia de Rio Ene)
David Pérez Espinosa David Pérez Espinosa ... Self (as David Perez Espinosa)
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Self (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Mariano Gagnon Mariano Gagnon ... Self (as Father Mariano Gagnon)
Paul Hittscher Paul Hittscher ... Self
Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez ... Self (as Huerequeque Bohoroquez)
Evaristo Nunkuag Ikanan Evaristo Nunkuag Ikanan ... Self
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively driven director. Not only does he have major casting problems, losing both Jason Robards (health) and Mick Jagger (other commitments) halfway through shooting, but the crew gets caught up in a war between Peru and Ecuador, there are problems with the weather and the morale of cast and crew is falling rapidly. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Ranked 14th in Filmmakers' Greatest Documentaries of All Time in Sight & Sound Magazine's September 2016 issue. See more »

Quotes

"Wilbur": And, therefore, since I can't prove a lover, to entertain this farewell spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain and hate the idle pleasures of these days.
"Fitzcarraldo": Wilbur, you are definitely my man!
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Featured in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) See more »

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One of the best documentaries ever.
28 October 2018 | by afonsobritofalvesSee all my reviews

A very interesting documentary, which shows the various incidents that occurred in the film "Fitzcarraldo". With an interesting theme and a fun story. Highly recommend.


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Language:

Spanish | English | German

Release Date:

24 September 1982 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Burden of Dreams See more »

Filming Locations:

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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