Burden of Dreams
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
BURDEN OF DREAMS – Les Blank, 1982, 95 min
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.
Screening with Documentary Now season 53, episodes 1 & 2: “Soldier of Illusion” – 47 min – World Premiere!
In the early 1980s, a visionary German filmmaker (Skarsgård) tries to will his magnum opus into existence while working in the remote, punishing conditions of the Russian Ular mountains.
Screening as part of the series Documentary Now…And Forever!
- Running Time 142 minutes
- Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
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