Burden of Dreams
Dir. Les Blank. 1982, 95 mins. 16mm. With Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale. Perhaps the most compelling behind-the-scenes movie ever made about a film production—thanks to the mesmerizing personalities of director Werner Herzog and his deranged star Klaus Kinski—Les Blank’s documentary shot on the set of Fitzcarraldo (1982) reveals the obsessive inner character of one of cinema’s most rigorous artists and the savage, awe-striking terrain of the South American jungle.
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