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.
Did You Know?
The entire crew disliked the last sequence so much that director Werner Herzog
had to shoot it by himself. Incidentally, he considers this scene the best he has filmed. See more
The position of Bruno's hand when talking with Shertz about where Eva is, changes twice during that sequence. See more
We have a 10-80 out here, a truck on fire, we have a man on the lift. We are unable to find the switch to turn the lift off, can't stop the dancing chickens. Send an electrician, we're standing by.
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The Last Thing on My Mind
Performed by Chet Atkins
Written and Performed by Tom Paxton
(uncredited) See more