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
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invited editor Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
to the set to oversee continuity. Known to highly dislike Herzog's movies (with the exception of Even Dwarfs Started Small
(1970)), she was so disgusted by the scenes that she started to signal the camera operator to stop shooting. Infuriated by this, Herzog threatened to hit her with a shovel. See more
Bruno's coffee cup on the piano disappears. See more
Well, taking a boat to New York and Florida... Isn't there a park there? What's it called? Where the bears run around free?
Der Bruno Stroszek
That's the Grizzlies.
Referenced in Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
Old Lost John
Written and Performed by Sonny Terry See more