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Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 July 1977 (USA)
In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

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Der Bruno Stroszek
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Eva
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Scheitz
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Souteneur
Burkhard Driest ...
Souteneur
Clayton Szalpinski ...
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Ely Rodriguez ...
Indian mechanic's helper
Alfred Edel ...
Jail headmaster
Scott McKain ...
Scott (as Scott Mc Kain)
Ralph Wade ...
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Michael Gahr ...
Prisoner Hoss
Vaclav Vojta ...
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Yuecsel Topcuguerler ...
Turk prisoner (as Yücsel Topcugürler)
Bob Evans ...
Bob Evans
Der Brave Beo ...
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Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck. After they are harried and beaten by the thugs who have been Eva's pimps, they join Bruno's neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin. In that winter bound, barren prairie, Bruno works as a mechanic, Eva as a waitress. They buy a trailer. Then, bills mount, the bank threatens to repossess the trailer, Eva wants privacy, and inexorably, the promise of a new life deserts Bruno. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When Bruno and Eva are driving to Railroad Flats, Herzog and the cameraman strapped themselves by their belts to the hood of the car while going down the freeway. They were stopped by police and avoided getting a ticket by telling the officer that they were just some "Kraut film students" and the officer let them go. The same officer stopped them again later that day for the same offense. See more »

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The pot of coffee on the piano changes position. See more »

Quotes

Eva: No-one kicks you here Bruno.
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Cinema of truth
17 November 2002 | by (City of Dirty Angels) – See all my reviews

A friend once commented to me that what made a painting more interesting than say, just the oil on the canvas, was the story behind the painting and the story behind the person who painted it. This works ideally when applied to this wonderfully, deeply affecting film. IF you've watched this film then you must know a little about the back story and if now read the twenty other reviews posted here. The truth is what makes this film great! The truth it takes to mix this film with fact and fiction, to script or not to script! To style or not to style. This is wondrous. Herzog is one of those film makers that only come along once in a very very long time, And of course you all know about the ending. It's fitting I suppose perhaps prophetic if you really think about it. Never How! Let the beauty of this film pass down from good friend to good friend. FIVE STARS!


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