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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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Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog (book)
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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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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | Turkish

Release Date:

12 July 1977 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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The story was inspired by star Bruno S.'s own life, though mainly the Berlin portion of the film. See more »

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

Quotes

Der Bruno Stroszek: Who knows what fate has in store for you?
Eva: What? I didn't understand that.
Der Bruno Stroszek: Yes, that's right. Who knows what fate has in store fo you?
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Brilliant
5 February 2005 | by jay4stein79-1See all my reviews

I discovered Werner Herzog first through his remake of Nosferatu and then through Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre: The Wrath of God. Though the brilliance of those movies is unimpeachable, Stroszek, at least for me, stands at the apex of Herzog's oeuvre.

This intensely moving and satisfying film which begins in Germany and winds up in Wisconsin is solid through and through. There's not a weak moment or weak element to be found. The acting, especially by Bruno S., is completely unaffected and without over-stylization (there is, perhaps, a reason for this - they aren't acting, simply being). The story itself deals with melodramatic elements without steering into soap opera territory and the film's ideology is not black in white. There's subtlety and complexity to the ideas put forth in this film about America, Germany, human beings, life, etc. Moreover, Stroszek avoids beating the audience's brains with its ideas; Herzog presents them in the context of the story, smoothly integrated.

And then there's the beautiful photography, particularly of the American Midwest; Herzog and his cameramen capture perfectly the cold, stark, desolate magnificence of the upper-Plains. To draw a weird comparison, the photography here is the equivalent of Husker Du's New Day Rising - crisp, harsh, and gorgeous simultaneously.

Stroszek also has a justifiably well-known ending, both surreal and completely sensible. Though any other director would be unable to top an ending such as that in Aguirre (the slumped conqueror, floating on a monkey-covered raft), Herzog does just that here.

Truly, if you have not seen any Herzog, this is a great place to start; then go see Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu, Woyczek, and Invincible. The man is brilliant and I await with bated breath Grizzly Man, his new project.


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