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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

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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USA

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Spanish | English | German

Release Date:

24 September 1982 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Az álom hangja See more »

Filming Locations:

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Les Blank would often ask Herzog to repeat statements while being filmed that he originally made off-camera. In a 2009 interview with Jesse Pearson for Vice magazine, Blank was asked to recall a scene in the documentary showing Herzog delivering a monologue about the violence and destruction of the jungle around him. Blank says that the scene originally took place in the middle of a canoe ride, away from cameras, but he liked the speech enough to coax it out of Herzog again. "When the moment was right," Blank told Vice, "I pulled him aside and said, 'Can I do a little interview?' And he said, 'Sure.' Goodwin led him around to something that sparked him off on that tangent again. That's how we got the speech. See more »

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Werner Herzog: It's not only my dreams, my belief is that all these dreams are... are yours as well... and the only distinction between me and you is that I can articulate them... and that is what poetry or painting or literature or film-making is all about, it's as simple as that... and I, I make films because I have not learned anything else and I know I can do it to a certain degree... and it is my duty because this might be the inner chronicle of what we are... and we have to articulate ourselves ...
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23 May 2009 | by moviemanMASee all my reviews

Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo was one of the most daunting tasks to put on in cinema history. This documentary follows the making of that film and all of the troubles Herzog went through. Fitzcarraldo is a sight to behold and going back now I would probably have much more of an appreciation for it. This film follows Herzog through his passion to tell this story and the incredible almost unfathomable lengths he had to go through. I thought the film could have been a little more well rounded covering more parts of the production more closely, but it still shows the grand scale of the film, and that is what I wanted to see.


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