“Taking a close look at what's around us, there is some sort of a harmony. It is the harmony of… overwhelming and collective murder.”- Werner Herzog
In one of the most harrowing and jaw-dropping movies-about-making-movies ever made, filmmaker Les Blank follows director Werner Herzog as he begins work on his 1982 epic Fitzcarraldo. Herzog soon runs into serious setbacks, from casting problems to his own stubborn refusal to use special effects. After having to reshoot much of the film because the lead actor was recast, his crew must then haul an old-fashioned steamboat over a mountain using manpower alone. With a resolve bordering on insanity, Herzog struggles to realize his vision, vowing to see the film completed — even if it leads to his undoing.
Burden of Dreams will be preceded by Blank's short Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.
Entire programme presented on gorgeous 16mm prints. 14A
Tickets are $13 General Admission / $10 for Members, Seniors and Students.