Burden of Dreams
Burden of Dreams (1982)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Les Blank's Burden of Dreams is one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Gramophone music soothes the savage breast, and operatic human excess defines director and obsession as well as his lead character.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A fascinating portrait of a filmmaker pushed to the outer edge of sanity...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is at once funny and, in its depiction of the scant differences between art and megalomania, somewhat frightening.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O retrato extraordinário de um cineasta que, como o protagonista de seu filme, se entrega à obsessão por amor à Arte.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

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'

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Remarkably candid behind-the-scenes documentary.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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

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Chris Weber
There are a number of movies that people who think they want to make movies should see beforehand, and this one just might be the epitome of that. Werner… More
Reid Volk
I am not fully on the Herzog train but I certainly admire his drive. And by drive, I mean his lunacy of course. I had always heard that Kinski was crazy, but… More
Anthony Lawrie
The ultimate making of Documentary, far better than the other 'ultimate' doc Heart of Darkness. It's a shame Les Blank didn't film Wrath of… More
AJ Verser
An interesting documentary about the making of one of Herzog's movies, and about him in general. If you're a fan of his you will enjoy this more than… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Plenty of documentaries are made about the art of filmmaking, but very few capture the drive/lunacy it sometimes takes to realize a vision like Burden of… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Burden of Dreams" is an eye-opening documentary about the making of Werner Herzog's film, "Fitzcarraldo",… More