les blank

It’s not only my dreams, my belief is that all these dreams are… are yours as well… and the only distinction between me and you is that I can articulate them… and that is what poetry or painting or literature or film-making is all about, it’s as simple as that… and I, I make films because I have not learned anything else and I know I can do it to a certain degree… and it is my duty because this might be the inner chronicle of what we are… and we have to articulate ourselves otherwise we would be cows in the field.
—  Werner Herzog in BURDEN OF DREAMS (’82)

Movie still from “Burden of Dreams”, a feature-length documentary and making-of directed by Les Blank, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog’s 1982 film “Fitzcarraldo”, filmed in the jungles of South America.

The film portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman known as Fitzcarraldo in Peru, who is determined to transport a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory.


From The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1970), directed by Les Blank

       Rhythm incarnate.