Project Description

Burden of Dreams (1982)

Criterion Channel Streaming – US
VIMEO Streaming (Non-US)
Amazon Streaming – UK
Amazon Streaming – German
Buy Spanish-Only DVD
  • For U.S. educational sales and theatrical, please contact Janus Films
  • For international and all other rights please contact: Les Blank Films

An extraordinary feature-length documentary about the messianic German director Werner Herzog struggling against desperate odds in the Amazon basin to make his epic feature, Fitzcarraldo. Burden of Dreams was honored with a British Academy Award for Best Documentary of 1982, and many critics consider it Blank’s most awesome film. (From the Criterion collection)

A film by Les Blank with Maureen Gosling
94 minutes
In English, Spanish, & German
ISBN: 0-933621-05-1

  • Derek Malcolm (of The Guardian) picks his ‘Century of Films’ and names Burden of Dreams one of the best 100 films of the 20th century. Read his review.
  • A MySpace-hosted interview with Wener Herzog discussing Burden of Dreams can be viewed on Werner Herzog’s own page.
  • Read a review of Burden of Dreams by The Wellington Film Society’s Raymond Durgnat.
  • Werner Herzog forges ahead in his unique cinematic quest for truth in, A Wild Walk With Werner by Michael Atkinson.