Burden of Dreams
Dir: Les Blank
USA, 1982, Spanish, English, German, 95min, DCP
Plane crashes, disease, Indian’s attacks, crew rebellion… all these hardships were on top of the incredible task Herzog set himself to film his obsessed hero using teams of Indians to pull an entire steamship up a hill, for fulfilling his dream of building an opera house in the Amazon rainforests. Acclaimed filmmaker Les Blank takes us to the locations of Fitzcarraldo (P.11) to revisit some of the most torturous and dangerous shooting experiences in film history, and capture Herzog’s descent into near-hysteria to complete an impossible project. The footage Blank salvaged includes earlier scenes starring Jason Robards and Mick Jagger. One of the most remarkable documentaries about the making of a film, it’s an extraordinary portrait of a manic genius entangled in the pursuit of his wildest dreams.
1983 BAFTA Awards, Best Documentary
- Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema (Venue)
- HK Science Museum Lecture Hall (Venue)
- Hong Kong Film Archive (Venue)
- The Grand Cinema (Venue)
- The Metroplex (Venue)
- Festival Grand Cinema (Venue)
- the sky (Venue)
- Broadway Hollywood (Venue)
- UA Cine Moko (Venue)
- MCL Telford Cinema (Venue)
- Grand Windsor Cinema (Venue)
- Chinese Subtitles
- Category III
- Post-screening discussion with the director
- Director and/or actor(s) will meet the audience
- Post-screening talk
- Full House
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