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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.
No one will ever accuse filmmaker Werner Herzog of being boring. This in-depth, unflinching documentary of his driven (nearly insane) approach to the making of his classic movie... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ecogeezer
Fascinating story behind a most interesting movie. I've been looking for this for decades. Glad to have found it.Published 5 months ago by Ed Wright
This is considered one of the greatest documentaries about movie-making. It's a unflinching portrayal about what happens when an obsessed director tries to make a movie that has... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elsa G. Reyna
I found this to be fascinating, if you are a fan of Werner Herzog I think you would really enjoy this.Published 12 months ago by Mike Stevens
"Burden..." shows how Fitzcarraldo was made. It was a fascinating showing of the entire process. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Ken
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 morePublished on June 22, 2013 by David G. Gaulden
I previously wrote a review. It was a gift to a friend who liked it very much.End of Story OK?Published on November 11, 2012 by RKL
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