Tuesday, January 12, 2010

01-12-10: The Burden of Ones Dreams

BURDEN OF DREAMS (1982) ****
D: Les Blank.

Burden of Dreams takes an unflinching look at the herculean effort it took to film Werner Herzog's classic film Fitzcarraldo. 

Like Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Fitzcarraldo was plagued by environmental, casting, logistical and location problems.   It's amazing everyone made it out alive.

One of the fascinating events that transpired was Herzog had to recast the film after five months into production when his lead grew ill and could not be medically cleared to return to finish the film.

It's better to just watch it and if possible watch it after you've seen Fitzcarraldo.

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