1.19.2015 Burden of Dreams

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Weird to watch again in the midst of Blank’s other films. It isn’t completely alien, but also feels like the one time his subjects personality almost overtakes the film. I still think it is better than the Herzog film, since Fitzcarraldo is essentially a conceptual piece and here you get that and a whole lot more. At the same time this seems to be one of the foundations of the cult of Herzog, a growing nuisance of him as pop-culture joke/macho icon that has superseded his role as an artist and become quite tiresome.