Burden of Dreams
Burden of Dreams (1982)

Documentary filmmaker Les Blank followed director Werner Herzog around during the stormy production of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo. The result was Blank's Burden of Dreams, which many reviewers found more fascinating than Herzog's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

At best "Burden of Dreams" offers a superficial, inconclusive impression of an esoteric project whose distribution is bound to be haphazard.

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Cole Smithey

[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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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 Villaça
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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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
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
Aj V
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
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
John Ballantine
Makes you wonder how Herzog ever get the opportunity to make another film again. Shows the true arrogance of Werner in making a woefully epic disaster which… More