Burden of Dreams Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 29, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Les Blank's haunting documentary about the four years Werner Herzog spent making "Fitzcarraldo" is such an essential companion piece to the actual film that it seems irresponsible for any would-be audience member to view only one of the two.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 18, 2011
Gramophone music soothes the savage breast, and operatic human excess defines director and obsession as well as his lead character.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 26, 2010
O retrato extraordinário de um cineasta que, como o protagonista de seu filme, se entrega à obsessão por amor à Arte.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 17, 2008
Remarkably candid behind-the-scenes documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cole Smithey
May 24, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
October 26, 2007
A fascinating portrait of a filmmaker pushed to the outer edge of sanity...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 24, 2005
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'
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
May 24, 2005
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
December 21, 2004
It's Fitzcarraldo with affirmed and not sublime biography; in essence, the same film without the pretense of fiction.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
November 8, 2004
A searing voyeur's peek at two of cinema's most audacious talents -- and megalomaniacs.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Les Blank's Burden of Dreams is one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The film is at once funny and, in its depiction of the scant differences between art and megalomania, somewhat frightening.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

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