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Werner Herzog (screenplay)
Achim von Arnim (inspired by the short story 'Der tolle Invalide auf dem Fort Ratonneau')
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December 1981 (USA) See more »
A wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet island of Kos with his wife Nora, a Greek nurse... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Peter Brogle ... Stroszek
Wolfgang Reichmann ... Meinhard
Athina Zacharopoulou ... Nora
Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg ... Becker
Wolfgang Stumpf ... Captain
Henry van Lyck ... Lieutenant
Julio Pinheiro ... Gypsy
Florian Fricke ... Pianist
Heinz Usener ... Doctor
Achmed Hafiz ... Greek resident
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jannakis Frasakis
Eleni Katerinaki

Werner Herzog ... Soldat (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Werner Herzog  screenplay
Achim von Arnim  inspired by the short story 'Der tolle Invalide auf dem Fort Ratonneau'

Produced by
Werner Herzog .... producer
Original Music by
Stavros Xarhakos 
Cinematography by
Thomas Mauch 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
Production Management
Nicholas Triandafyllidis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martje Grohmann .... assistant director
Sound Department
Herbert Prasch .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Dietrich Lohmann .... assistant camera
Bettina von Waldthausen .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Maximiliane Mainka .... assistant editor
Other crew
Ina Fritsche .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Lebenszeichen" - West Germany (original title)
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USA:91 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Werner Herzog's first feature film.See more »
Young Child:Now that I can talk, what shall I say?See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
My favorite Herzog, 22 November 2007
Author: manjits from Australia

I first saw this film in 1969 in Bangalore (India) in a German film festival. The film was unheralded, being the first feature from an unknown director. However, the film made an everlasting impression on me, and I considered it among 2 or 3 of the best films I had seen till then. I kept track of Werner Herzog films ever since, and have been seeing them all I could lay my hands on. Even today, I'll put it as among the 10 best films I have ever seen, and it remains my favorite Herzog movie. The film is sheer poetry. It's a film about 3 characters'(2 soldiers and wife of one of them) boredom in an isolated Greek island, and how each one handles it. While one of the soldiers snaps up at the end, and tries to destroy everything in his impotent fury - managing only to kill a donkey ultimately - the second soldier keeps himself and first soldier's wife sane by just being raucously funny. I found the story, direction, camera-work and acting fascinating,and far from boring, as suggested by some reviews. I believe, Herzog has been influenced by India's Satyajit Ray in his style of presentation. He is one of the 3 most uncompromising film directors of the world in last 50 years, the other 2 being Ingmar Bergman and Robert Bresson, and his first feature is among his best.

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