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
Did You Know?
Director Werner Herzog
was originally going to film the story of Woyzeck
(1979) with his star Bruno S.
. However, a few days before production, he decided that story required Klaus Kinski
in the starring role. He told Bruno, who responded that he had already taken vacation and a leave of absence from his job in a steel mill. As a result, Herzog wrote this film in 3 1/2 days, deliberately choosing a similar sounding title. See more
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We need... the money.
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Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven See more