BURDEN OF DREAMS

BURDEN OF DREAMS

This feature-length documentary and making-of directed by Les Blank, was shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, filmed in the jungles of South America.

Throughout production, Blank and his small crew were exhausted and exasperated. Keeping up with the antics of Herzog and Klaus Kinski proved difficult for the reserved, introverted Blank. By the last week of production, he was so burnt out that he feared coming out of production “like some Viet Nam veterans, “writing in his journal a simple and blatant “I’m tired of it all and I couldn’t care less if they move the stupid ship – or finish the fucking film” 

BURDEN OF DREAMS

  • Director: Les Blank
  • Year: 1982
  • Run Time: 95 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: USA, Germany & South America
  • Rating: PG