Burden of Dreams (The Criterion Collection)
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
"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...
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
"Burden of Dreams" takes you into the forests of Herzog's psyche. He feels a deep kinship with Nature and the natives. Unlike James Cameron in the "save the rainforest" Avatar, Herzog doesn't romanticize Nature. He goes into stream of consciousness over "fornication, obscenity, killing"--a very gloomy Teutonic sense. He has an immense amount of passion over his production. Production starts in 1979--and the whole movie production goes way over the usual allotted time. Watching the documentary, one is amazed that "Fitzcarraldo" made it to the screen at all. It's almost like a doomed Terry Gilliam production.
"Burden of Dreams" is a perfect companion to Herzog's other great movies--such as Grizzly Man,about Timothy Treadwell, who died in the Alaskan wilderness, or the mad Aguirre, the Wrath of God, again set in the rainforest, also starring Klaus Kinski. "Burdens of Dreams" shows that in the dream factory of the movies, there are sometimes haunting nightmares.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Background on a crazy man making a movie about another crazy man. Documentary and original film are both fascinating illuminations of the glories and perversities of the human... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rev. Richard Chrisman, Ph.D.
Werner Herzog is mesmerizing. Wanted to see more of the Kinski insanity and more on the relationship with the native peoples, but indispensible work.Published 10 months ago by Adrienne L Meddock
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 11 months ago by ecogeezer
Werner Herzog may be a fanatic, but the feats he accomplishes are indeed incredible: pulling a 360 ton boat over a mountain! Read morePublished 11 months ago by TD
We watched this a few days after watching Fitzcarraldo for the first time. Fitzcarraldo was a terrific, unique movie. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sally Cruikshank
What an egomaniac! Always perfectly dressed and clean while others around him are working their asses off and even dying in the process.
Fascinating story behind a most interesting movie. I've been looking for this for decades. Glad to have found it.Published 15 months ago by Ed Wright
Unbelievable obsession! A fabulous portrait of an artist determined to finish his project. There are plenty of concepts presented here worthy of thought for all viewers. Read morePublished 19 months ago by MS HSKR