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Can anything be bleaker than the shabby slums of Berlin? Yes, argues director Werner Herzog in Stroszek: try Wisconsin sometime. Bruno S.. stars as an ex-mental patient who dreams of the so-called promised land of America. He aligns himself with like-minded prostitute Eva Mattes and elderly, near-senile Clemens Scheitz. Upon their arrival in Wisconsin, the three misfits find that they're just as trapped in Dairy Country as they'd been in Germany--if not more so. The sour and bitter Stroszek
Jan 12, 1977 Limited
Jan 8, 2002
New Yorker Films
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Among other things, Mr. Herzog visually dazzles us while he's pulling the rug from under our feet.
The amazing and brilliant thing about Herzog is the pure poetry he creates in his films. Really, the man is a poet
For every cheap shot about rural America (and there are many), there's an answering scene that kicks you in the stomach with its brutal honesty.
No description is necessary beyond the final line in the film: 'We've got a truck on fire. We have a man on the lift we're unable to find the switch to turn the lift off. We can't stop the dancing chicken. Send an electrician.'
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