Film Series July 19-21: Les Blank Covers Herzog’s ‘Burden’

| July 19, 2013

This weekend the Webster University Film Series continues its “Gospel According to Les Blank” series with Burden of Dreams.

Burden of Dreams follows Herzog’s Quixotic quest.

For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man’s attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle.

Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this production, made more perilous by Herzog’s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of native Indians to pull a full-size, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process.

Watch the trailer above or at this link on YouTube.

Burden of Dreams (1982, USA, 95 min.) screens Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winfred Moore Auditorium, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119.

Admission: $6 for general and $5 for seniors (60+), students from other schools and Webster alumni unless otherwise noted.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency.

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