Schultze Gets the Blues (2005)
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Critic Reviews for Schultze Gets the Blues
He does, but you probably won't, especially from watching this movie.
Like a lazy summer day in the Big Easy, the movie sneaks up on you.
Schorr's award-winning film may be a bit on the slight side to some tastes, but it's a journey well worth taking.
Schultze Gets the Blues can get a little thin, but it never loses its sense of quiet, playful dignity.
The first-time feature director has a gift that will be interesting to watch. Still, his well-executed choices make Schultze at times slow going.
In his first feature film, Schorr also shows a surprising confidence in his ability to sustain this joke for nearly two hours, which, like a zydeco dance party, is over before you know it.
Audience Reviews for Schultze Gets the Blues
Watch the first 5 minutes to see if you have the patience this film requires! If not, don't be ashamed to put it aside for later. When you do go for it, be sure to watch the *whole* thing; stopping halfway through will just leave you frustrated. I came in already liking a lot about the subject matter -- accordion music, garden gnomes, the bayou -- but it was still difficult to watch. It's paced SO FRIGGIN' SLOW (and doesn't really get much quicker as it goes on). And yet... the last 10 minutes made me rethink the whole thing and look back on it more warmly. As some reviewer said, "It's a bit of a surprise when the film ends and you realize that you've been touched in unanticipated ways by Schultze's solitary quest." The plot itself makes me reflect on what's the meaning of life, where to look for joy, etc. And there are a few *great* little moments (when he first hears the new music on the radio, or when his first zydeco dance-partner leaves him). Still, I don't know that I could sit through it again. Perhaps the way it's filmed is *supposed* to feel uncomfortable to someone used to modern fast-paced Hollywood film-making? Maybe that's the whole point? Maybe if I knew more about film art theory I could appreciate why the camera is always still and unmoving, or why *every single scene* goes on for 30 seconds longer than it "needs to" by usual standards... but I'm not good at that stuff. It definitely gives the film an unusual character!
Tranquility and isolation paired up with tenderness and the fascination of glimpsing into the lives of others make this my favourite arthouse movie ever. The story of a retired mineworker discovering the magic of American Blues which sends him on a personal, as well as actual journey into the heartland of America. Amazing and mezmerizing, this movie is most definetly not for everyone, as it is a far cry from Hollywood cinema, being far too subtle, slow and simple. Don't be fooled though, behind it's lighthearted touch breeds a heavy philosophy of self-discovery and love for all things beautiful and human.
We rented this movie because the premise sounded wonderful. I LOVE zydeco music. Unfortunately, this is the slowest paced film of all time. I have watched documentaries with more pep. We could only manage the first 20 minutes or so before we had to turn it off, because NOTHING happened. I think that this filmmaker was better suited as a photographer - he pauses on many beautiful scenes, but he just sits there for far too long. This film is tiring.