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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.

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writer:

Werner Herzog (book)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bruno S. ... Der Bruno Stroszek
Eva Mattes ... Eva
Clemens Scheitz Clemens Scheitz ... Scheitz
Wilhelm von Homburg ... Souteneur
Burkhard Driest Burkhard Driest ... Souteneur
Clayton Szalpinski Clayton Szalpinski ... Mechanic
Ely Rodriguez Ely Rodriguez ... Indian mechanic's helper
Alfred Edel Alfred Edel ... Jail headmaster
Scott McKain Scott McKain ... Scott (as Scott Mc Kain)
Ralph Wade Ralph Wade ... Auctioneer
Michael Gahr Michael Gahr ... Prisoner Hoss
Vaclav Vojta Vaclav Vojta ... Doctor (as Dr. Vaclav Vojta)
Yuecsel Topcuguerler Yuecsel Topcuguerler ... Turk prisoner (as Yücsel Topcugürler)
Bob Evans Bob Evans ... Bob Evans
Der Brave Beo Der Brave Beo ... Beo
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Storyline

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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A Ballad

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | Turkish

Release Date:

12 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scene of the man pulling his own tooth is based on a similar scene in Spend It All (1972), adapted with the permission of Les Blank (misspelled in the credits as "Les Blanc"). See more »

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Shadow on the car and Eva as she drives immediately after buying it. See more »

Quotes

Eva: No-one kicks you here Bruno.
Der Bruno Stroszek: Not physically, here they do it spiritually.
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Moonlight Sonata No. 2 in C sharp, Op. 27
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Cinema of truth
17 November 2002 | by ardent-1See 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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