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A man of superior might is forced to consider his mortality while approaching middle age and having his resolve tested by career disappointments and difficult personal relationships. When it comes to sheer brawn, Stanless Steel is a giant among men; not only can he leg-press 10,000 pound dump trucks, but he can also drive nails through boards with his bare hands, and he's the only living man capable of bending a U.S. penny using only his fingers. Stan realizes that his might isn't only a matter
Jan 26, 2011 Limited
Aug 15, 2006
Independent Pictures - Official Site
Strongman is a tantalizing example of the kind of documentary I find engrossing: A film about an unusual person that invites us into the mystery of a human life.
A warts-and-all documentary from first-time director Zachary Levy that moves in close and stays there.
Without being intrusive, Levy chronicles these lives like a trusted family member, and Strongman allows a privileged and affectionate glimpse of a truly American dreamer.
By the end, you don't entirely understand either of these people, but you come to understand why they need each other.
Fascinating, funny and intimate portrait of Stanless Steel, who likes to lift and bend things.
Strongman's unvarnished approach complements its salt of the earth subject.
Though the execution is nearly flawless, the film is difficult to sit through in its entirety.
Though Levy's film feels shapeless at times, what it loses in structure, it gains in handheld intimacy, letting viewers get to know the mercurial but fundamentally sweet Pleskun.
Sad power rises from this doc about a guy who can bend pennies and elevate 10,000-pound trucks.
... [W]e're never sure how to take Stanless Steel. Is this guy irrepressibly optimistic, or just willfully self-deluded?
Zachary Levy's documentary is an original portrait of a distinctive soul who can lift trucks off the ground but cannot get himself out of a rut.
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