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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

Writer:

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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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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Der Bruno Stroszek: Right when a person is writhing in pain, it hurts so bad. And that pain is a spiritiual pain, it's deep inside.
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Where would we be without Werner Herzog?
30 September 2005 | by turing77See all my reviews

Before I address the film, allow me a quick paean to its writer/producer/director. Thank Christ for Werner Herzog. It's tough being a cineaste these days, with such creative geniuses as Michael Bay, McG, and whoever directed Deuce Bigalow 2 ruling the Hollywood roost. Even Spielberg and Lucas have lost their mojo...OK, Lucas moreso--much, much moreso--than Spielberg. But what about Coppola? What's Scorsese done recently? Did P.T. Anderson fall off the face of the Earth? It's a bit frightening to think that no one is at the helm of the ship, and nothing good and/or original is being made. Enter Herzog. The guy IS a genius, and besides that, he is not only prolific, but he still has "it." Grizzly Man is just as good as anything Herzog made thirty years ago. Coincidentally, Stroszek was made thirty years ago. It is brilliant. Herzog knows how to use music in films, and here is a prime example. Herzog always has one or two bits of indelible imagery in his films; in Stroszek, we have the premature babies and the dancing chicken. (Another Herzog staple is unforgettable characterization. Who else wanted to punch the banker in the face? The guy's performance as a glad-handing vulture with a big sh*t-eating grin was spot-on.) Now I can see some viewers giving up after fifteen minutes and saying, "This is pretentious, Euro-arty bullsh*t." Fair enough...not all movies appeal to everyone. But I hate pretentious, Euro-arty bullsh*t too (e.g. The Perfect Human), and this ain't that. Stick with it, or wait a few years and try it again (just like reading Ulysses). This film will make demands on you...don't expect Hollywood pap. Last thing: the accusation of "anti-American" has been leveled at this film. I'm a white, male Republican (i.e., evil incarnate) and I do not--NOT--find this to be the case. This film is not about bashing America: it is about the other side of life's coin, and how no man truly decides his own fate.


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