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Burden of Dreams

Les Blank

 
Burden of Dreams (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1982
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #287

For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films 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 more perilous by Herzog’s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of indigenous Peruvians to pull a full-size, 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 mission of one of cinema’s most fearless directors.

Credits

DirectorLes Blank
SoundMaureen Gosling
EditingMaureen Gosling
ProducerLes Blank
CinematographyLes Blank
Interpreting, interviewing, and camera assisstanceBruce "Pacho" Lane
Interviewing and camera and sound assistanceMichael Goodwin
Narration written byMichael Goodwin
Narration spoken byCandace Laughlin
Editing assistance and office managementChris Simon
ResearchChris Simon and John Lumsdaine
TranslationsFrancisca Wentworth, Inez Reider and Richard Becker

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by director Les Blank, editor and sound recordist Maureen Gosling, and Fitzcarraldo director Werner Herzog
  • Dreams and Burdens, a new thirty-eight-minute interview with Herzog
  • Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980), a twenty-minute film by Blank featuring Herzog fulfilling a bet
  • Deleted scenes
  • Photo gallery of images taken by Gosling
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Plus: An essay by film scholar Paul Arthur


Cover illustration by Richard May, design by Martin Ogolter

Film Essays

Burden of Dreams: In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

By Paul Arthur May 09, 2005

A shot of a street sign near the beginning of Always for Pleasure, Les Blank’s 1978 paean to New Orleans music, cooking, and dance, offers a telling contrast with the mood of Burden of Dreams, a . . . Read more »

Clippings

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Walking with Werner Herzog

February 02, 2016

In November of 1974, German filmmaker Werner Herzog began walking from Munich to Paris. He had just learned that his friend and mentor, the film historian Lotte Eisner, was gravely ill and had . . . Read more »


Interviews


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Clippings

Real Art

November 19, 2010

A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »


News

Three Go 3-D

April 19, 2010

Post-Avatar, it seems some of our favorite filmmakers have caught3-D fever. Just in the past week, it’s been confirmed that Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, and Werner Herzog will soon be getting . . . Read more »


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WELCOME (BACK) TO THE JUNGLE

June 30, 2009

Quick, how many directors can you name who have pulled a 320-ton steamship over a mountain? Yes, that megalomaniacal masterpiece Fitzcarraldo is just further proof that Werner Herzog stands . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Burden of Dreams: In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

By Paul Arthur May 09, 2005

A shot of a street sign near the beginning of Always for Pleasure, Les Blank’s 1978 paean to New Orleans music, cooking, and dance, offers a telling contrast with the mood of Burden of Dreams, a . . . Read more »

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