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Stroszek (1977)


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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


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Werner Herzog

Jan 8, 2002

New Yorker Films

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (0) | DVD (4)

Among other things, Mr. Herzog visually dazzles us while he's pulling the rug from under our feet.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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We watch with a kind of fascination, because Herzog cuts loose from narrative and follows his characters through the relentless logic of their adventure.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Stroszek is part moral tale and part absurdist comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The amazing and brilliant thing about Herzog is the pure poetry he creates in his films. Really, the man is a poet

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Every time I revisit it, it has a new gift for me.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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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.

January 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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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.'

August 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

When the film clicks, it's because Herzog has populated it with mostly non-actors he stumbled across in the midst of filming.

March 13, 2002 Full Review
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A bleak but beautiful film by Herzog. Bruno S is quite mesmerising to watch, it?s amazing that he put himself through really considering that the film is mostly autobiographical! I think Ian Curtis missed the point really (He watched this film just before he hung himself), there is a lot of good to take from this film. Bruno S. is actually a good example of how things can turn out for the best. Anyone else notice the nods to Herzog?s previous films? Great film but if your unfamiliar with Herzog?s work I wouldn't recommend watching this one first!
October 2, 2009

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Downright brilliant tragicomedy from one of the masters when it comes to capture unconventional people chasing illusions.
Bleak, offbeat and funny as hell.
July 20, 2009

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