Burden of Dreams Reviews

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.
July 18, 2011
Gramophone music soothes the savage breast, and operatic human excess defines director and obsession as well as his lead character.
January 26, 2010
O retrato extraordinrio de um cineasta que, como o protagonista de seu filme, se entrega obsesso por amor Arte.
August 17, 2008
Remarkably candid behind-the-scenes documentary.
May 24, 2008
October 26, 2007
A fascinating portrait of a filmmaker pushed to the outer edge of sanity...
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'
June 30, 2005
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
December 21, 2004
It's Fitzcarraldo with affirmed and not sublime biography; in essence, the same film without the pretense of fiction.
November 8, 2004
A searing voyeur's peek at two of cinema's most audacious talents -- and megalomaniacs.
October 23, 2004
Les Blank's Burden of Dreams is one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie.
March 19, 2004
February 20, 2004
July 29, 2002
January 1, 2000
The film is at once funny and, in its depiction of the scant differences between art and megalomania, somewhat frightening.