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Burden of Dreams (The Criterion Collection) (1982)

Klaus Kinski , Werner Herzog , Les Blank , Maureen Gosling  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Werner Herzog, Miguel Angel Fuentes, Father Mariano Gagnon, José Lewgoy
  • Directors: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFYB6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Burden of Dreams (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by director Les Blank, editor and sound recordist Maureen Gosling, and Werner Herzog
  • Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980), an early short documentary by Les Blank
  • New video interview with Herzog
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gallery of set and location photos by Maureen Gosling
  • A book featuring excerpts from Les Blank & Maureen Gosling's journal entries on the set of Fitzcarraldo
  • Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete the most ambitious and difficult film of his career-Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this production, made all the more perilous by Herzog's determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of natives to pull a full-sized, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process and a unique look into the single-minded passion of one of cinema#s most fearless directors.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herzog fans REJOICE! March 14, 2005
First, Anchor Bay gave rain to our parched Herzog-loving throats with the release of many of the eccentric German maestro's greatest feature films. And now, Criterion offers Les Blank's astonishingly beautiful and gloriously weird documentary on the desperate creation of one of those classic titles, Fitzcarraldo. A production that started off starring Jason Robards and Mick Jagger wound up with the director threatening to murder star Klaus Kinski if he walked off set! See Herzog obsessively orchestrating the movement of an entire steamboat over a treacherous mountain in Peru! No special effects for this master.

"Without dreams we would be cows in a field, and I don't want to live like that. I live my life or I end my life with this project." If every filmmaker thought this way, do you think we'd have to sit thru Son of the Mask?

As a five-star added bonus, we get "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe," a brilliant short doc by Blank which chronicles Herzog actually cooking and devouring his boot after promising Errol Morris to do so if Gates of Heaven was ever completed! Herzog also uses the opportunity to declare war on American television!

God bless Criterion - here's hoping they follow up this exciting release with some unavailable Herzog docs like La Souffiere, Dark Glow of the Mountain, or Wings of Hope, and some other Les Blank rarities like Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers and In Heaven There is No Beer...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Account of the Filmmaking Process May 14, 2005
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Prior to viewing "Burden of Dreams" I had this preconceived notion that this film was akin to "Hearts of Darkness", the documentary about the making of "Apocalypse Now" where the megalomaniacal director slowly goes mad after countless delays and on-set disasters. To the contrary, director Werner Herzog comes off as a rational artist who, despite the setbacks he encountered during the making of "Fitzcarraldo", soldiers on to see his vision come to fruition. Documentarian Les Blank gives a full-bodied account of the elements that Herzog had to contend with from the volatile nature of the film's setting in the Amazon to dealing with the indiginous tribes who were crucial to the film. Blank meticulously documents the production from it's shaky beginnings to it's end. You get the feeling that Herzog had probably entered this project with great enthusiasm but was relieved some five years later to be done with it. I haven't seen "Fitzcarraldo" in a number of years and it had slight resonance to me. You be the judge as to whether all the energy and resources expended in this endeavor was worth it. Not to be missed, Criterion includes a short subject from Blank, "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" which demonstrates Herzog's integrity in keeping a bet with budding filmmaker Errol Morris. There is also a recent interview included with Herzog where he gives his account of events during the making of "Fitzcarraldo" but is at pains not to denigrate Blank's document.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Following the astonishing trail of disasters Werner Herzog faced making 'Fitzcarraldo' on location in Peru - including tribal wars, a seriously ill Jason Robards' departure after 40% of the film had been shot, one ship running aground due to low rainfalls and another obstinately refusing to move up the mountain - Les Blank's famous and once groundbreaking documentary has dated badly.

It's an excellent portrait of Herzog's obsession and the growing madness surrounding the shoot, but it's more a catalogue of catastrophes rather than a candid view of the shoot: although unused footage was shot of Kinski's tantrums, the star and director's relationship is all but ignored and you tend to get the feel of a superior travelog giving the official version (a lot of the other real crises happen offscreen). There's plenty of absurdity on view, such as prostitutes being brought to the native workers camp on the advice of the local Catholic missionary, but 'Hearts of Darkness' it ain't. But you can't help but admire the way that, unlike Fitzcarraldo, who falls prey to the dreams of the natives he thinks are working for him, Herzog manages to cling on to his dreams and ultimately triumph, incorporating each new on-set disaster into his film.

No complaints about Criterion's DVD treatment - the extended theatrical version of the documentary in a beautiful print with commentary, a new 39-minute interview with Herzog, a couple of deleted scenes that were used in Herzog's own doc 'My Best Fiend,' trailer, copious stills gallery and a book with substantial extracts from production journals. An excellent companion piece to 'Fitzcarraldo,' but it probably has less appeal to those not so interested in the film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les, Firing Anything but Blanks! August 29, 2006
Les Blank's documentary is much more than just a making of Werner Herzog's FITZCARRALDO, which is what makes it important and interesting. Like Herzog's own documentaries which blur the boundaries between fact and fiction Burden of Dreams often slips into the realm of a feverish fantasy world. A world in which sanity is far less important than fulfilling dreams and which death and danger are accepted bedfellows. Often FITZCARRALDO becomes immaterial as Blank eye for local detail picks out strange images or centres on exotic looking birds or insects. It exists in a continuum of its own, precariously balanced within the bizarre politics that surrounded FITZCARRALDO'S production and also outside of this melting pot. In many ways it has outlived the film it is chronicling and instead of gratuitous shots of Klaus Kinksi raving we have shots of local customs and portentous doom laden interviews with Herzog. The film is secondary to Herzog, who comes across as driven and perhaps a little insane, affected by paranoia, he sees the jungle and creation itself as an enemy, something to be feared and loathed. He has become the apotheosis of his own movie world and myth making process, the marginalized loner, the outsider.

Unfortunately amid the excitement, we really only get Herzog's side of events and the documentary seems unduly biased in this direction. Nobody else is interviewed, which makes the film seem a little unbalanced. Despite this bias in Herzog's direction he still emerged from FITZCARRALDO and BURDEN OF DREAMS with his reputation in tatters. This is an outstanding piece of work, which shows the film-making process at its most extreme edges.

Criterion's DVD is one of their best. A superb 40 minute interview with Werner Herzog is the sets highlight, but also of note is Blank's brief documentary WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE, to have this included is a precious bonus
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I found this to be fascinating, if you are a fan of Werner Herzog I think you would really enjoy this.
Published 18 days ago by Mike Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Fitzcarraldo you'll love it
"Burden..." shows how Fitzcarraldo was made. It was a fascinating showing of the entire process. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Burden of Dreams
I highly recommend this film for any fan of the great German film director, Werner Herzog. It is a documentary about the artistic obsession of a film director making a movie about... Read more
Published 16 months ago by David G. Gaulden
5.0 out of 5 stars Harp Man
I previously wrote a review. It was a gift to a friend who liked it very much.End of Story OK?
Published 23 months ago by RKL
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, if not quite as emotional as I expected
I really enjoyed this. It's a fascinating meta look at film-making.

An obsessed, driven director (Werner Herzog) is trying to make an almost impossible film about an... Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by K. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Les Blank's 1982 documentary, Burden Of Dreams, is a film that, like Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, follows the near-obsessive drive of a great filmmaker to bring a... Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Cosmoetica
5.0 out of 5 stars A hero is who makes possible the impossible!
The stubborness(understood as a synonym for rebellion for all that most people considered unlikely), constancy, obstinacy and the power of will are by themselves,intrinsic... Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERSISTENCE OF VISION
Documentarian Les Blank's wonderfully titled BURDEN OF DREAMS is a cool, somewhat detached portrait of Werner Herzog's work during the perversely difficult five-year production of... Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by Robin Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Wild
"Burden of Dreams" is an electrifying documentary about the making of Fitzcarraldo. Like the fictional character Fitzcarraldo who is driven to open an opera house in the Amazon... Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by Amaranth
5.0 out of 5 stars An ego gone amok
Everything a documentary should be - showing you fascinating scenes without telling you what to think. Read more
Published on April 1, 2010 by harlingford
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