In Person: Filmmaker Harrod Blank
On Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm in Dryden Theatre
Filmmaker Harrod Blank will join us to discuss his father, the late filmmaker Les Blank, following the screening of Burden of Dreams (Les Blank, US 1980, 95 min., 16mm).
Throughout the month of May, the Dryden presents the series American Folklore, honoring the legacy of Les Blank with seven of his films.
About the Film
Les Blank’s most widely recognized ﬁlm, Burden of Dreams focuses again on Herzog, whose desperation to complete his ambitious epic Fitzcarraldo nearly drives him mad, eerily mirroring the descent of his ﬁlm’s titular character. With lush cinematography, Blank frames the amazon jungle as both a muse and a source of stiﬂing frustration. More than just a "making of" documentary, Burden of Dreams is about the lengths to which people will go to achieve creative realization, and the extremes to which they are willing to push themselves, their cast, and their crew. Winner of the 1982 BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.
$8 / $6 members & students
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