Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

DVD - 2005
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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.
Publisher: [Irvington, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2005]
Edition: DVD.
ISBN: 9781681431253
Branch Call Number: 792.09 B896
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
laser optical,NTSC
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital 1.0
DVD video,4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 fold-out insert.


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Aug 20, 2016

This IS a good documentary- in fact it's one of the best about making a film that's ever been made. If you want to see Herzog in his prime then this film by Les Blank is the one to watch- it's poetic and inspiring, as well as truthful and brutal.

Aug 20, 2016

Perhaps this is a good documentary. But it just left me feeling tired and empty.

Aug 11, 2011

For a complete picture, make sure to view the interview with Herzog in special features.

Jul 17, 2006

This is a wonderful documentary, but how about adding the subject film to the library catalog! "Fitzcarraldo" *is* available on DVD.


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