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Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 September 1982 (Sweden)
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 ... See full summary »

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Les Blank

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Michael Goodwin (narration)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Herzog ... Himself
Klaus Kinski ... Fitzcarraldo / Himself
Claudia Cardinale ... Molly / Herself
Jason Robards ... Fitzcarraldo
Mick Jagger ... Wilbur
Alfredo De Rio Tambo Alfredo De Rio Tambo ... Himself (as Alfredo de Rio Tambo)
Ángela Reina Ángela Reina ... Herself (as Angela Reine)
Carmen Correa Carmen Correa ... Herself
Elia De Rio Ene Elia De Rio Ene ... Himself (as Elia de Rio Ene)
David Pérez Espinosa David Pérez Espinosa ... Himself (as David Perez Espinosa)
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Himself (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Mariano Gagnon Mariano Gagnon ... Himself (as Father Mariano Gagnon)
Paul Hittscher Paul Hittscher ... Himself
Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez ... Himself (as Huerequeque Bohoroquez)
Evaristo Nunkuag Ikanan Evaristo Nunkuag Ikanan ... Himself
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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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24 September 1982 (Sweden) See more »

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Az álom hangja See more »

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Amazon Rainforest, Brazil See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Throughout production, Les Blank and his small crew became exhausted and exasperated from the stress of the work. Blank said that he felt "unconnected" to the people around him. Keeping up with the antics of Herzog and Klaus Kinski proved difficult for the reserved, introverted Blank. By the last week of production, he was so burnt out that he feared coming out of production "like some Viet Nam veterans, horribly calloused". He wrote in his journal, "I'm tired of it all and I couldn't care less if they move the stupid ship - or finish the fucking film". See more »

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Werner Herzog: 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.
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Worth seeing, but shallow
3 October 2001 | by SlothNOIRSee all my reviews

I saw this enjoyable documentary film in 1983 and have recently seen it again (2001) at the National Film Theatre in London, together with "Fitzcarraldo" and "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" - sore bum!

In 1983 I thought it was brilliant and it was immensely valuable to get an insight into the tortured making of the film "Fitzcarraldo". Seeing it again, almost two decades later, I feel the film skims the surface as Les Blank seems to have little interest in drawing out what went on. He just observes and accepts the events at face value. Only Herzog is interviewed at any length and the burden of his dream(s) does become apparent as the film progresses, however there is virtually no comment from Kinski or the other actors. Les Blank might argue that the film is about Herzog's state of mind and his attitude to the production of Fitzcarraldo. In this, I think it is largely a success. To look for more from the film is perhaps to unfairly employ the benefit of hindsight.

I suspect my disappointment (relative) at seeing this again is the release of "My Best Fiend" in the interim. I find my memory conflating the two films, the piece about Kinski's "hate hate" relationship with the jungle (and almost everything else!) would seem more appropriate to "Burdens" but is in "Fiend".

"Burden of Dreams" and "My Best Fiend" would make a good double bill, giving a much more rounded impression of the context of the production of Fitzcarraldo and the relationship between Herzog and Kinski. If you are interested, try to see them both.


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