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Werner Herzog with a parrot on his shoulder in the forest.
Burden of Dreams


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Burden of Dreams


8 Jun

The “making-of” documentary shot during the chaotic production of Werner Herzog’s film Fitzcarraldo, filmed on location in the jungles of South America.

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  • More than a remarkable “making of” documentary, Blank’s candid and expansive film explores the clash of cultures during Herzog’s troubled and ambitious production of Fitzcarraldo deep in the northern Amazon jungle in Peru.

    The film features footage of the actual mechanism used to move the boat, unused scenes filmed with Jason Robards and Mick Jagger, interviews with cast and crew including indigenous extras, as well as life around the camp. A profound insight into Herzog’s single-mindedness, at one stage he says, “I live my life or end my life with this project”.