Burden of Dreams (1982)
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Documentarian Les Blank, who filmed Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, trained his cameras on Herzog again, as the eccentric German filmmaker made his epic, Fitzcarraldo, in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Herzog's production is in trouble right from the start. He begins filming with Jason Robards playing the title role, and Mick Jagger playing Fitzcarraldo's sidekick, Wilbur. With 40 percent of the film shot, Robards becomes ill and goes back to the states, where his doctor will not let him return.
Jan 1, 1982 Wide
May 10, 2005
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Les Blank's Burden of Dreams is one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie.
The film is at once funny and, in its depiction of the scant differences between art and megalomania, somewhat frightening.
Gramophone music soothes the savage breast, and operatic human excess defines director and obsession as well as his lead character.
O retrato extraordinário de um cineasta que, como o protagonista de seu filme, se entrega à obsessão por amor à Arte.
A fascinating portrait of a filmmaker pushed to the outer edge of sanity...
not only captures the dramatic moments where Herzog risks life and limb ... , but he includes small details that provide necessary natural respites from Herzog's 'madness'
Strangely, Burden of Dreams is a better film than Fitzcarraldo, if only because you get to see the fictional portions of the film along with the backstory
It's Fitzcarraldo with affirmed and not sublime biography; in essence, the same film without the pretense of fiction.
A searing voyeur's peek at two of cinema's most audacious talents -- and megalomaniacs.
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