Stroszek (1977)

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Released 7-Jan-2010
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Werner Herzog’s bleak, brilliant and enigmatic story of a German ex-con (Bruno S.) who attempts to find a new life in America is probably best known as the film Ian Curtis of Joy Division watched the night he committed suicide. This dark, magic realist road movie confirms Herzog’s reputation as the “consummate poet of doom” (Janet Maslin, New York Times).

After he is released from a Berlin prison, Stroszek meets a prostitute, Eva, at a bar and offers her a place to stay when two pimps assault her. Following further attacks, the two agree to join Bruno’s diminutive old friend, Scheitz (Clemens Scheitz - Heart of Glass, Nosferatu), on a trip to Wisconsin to live with his relatives. The trio hope they will get rich in America. It doesn’t happen. Wisconsin is a barren, redneck wilderness and soon their motor home is repossessed and Eva leaves with a truck driver. After a bungled robbery, Bruno is left with a frozen turkey, a gun, and enough money to watch a dancing chicken.

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Starring
Bruno S.
Eva Mattes
Clemens Scheitz
Wilhelm von Homburg
Burkhard Driest
Clayton Szalpinski
Ely Rodriguez
Alfred Edel
Scott McKain
Ralph Wade
Michael Gahr
Vaclav Vojta
Yuecsel Topcuguerler
Directed by
Werner Herzog
Music
Chet Atkins
Sonny Terry
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
(71:09)
Drama 1977 103:32 576i (PAL) 4
Video
Widescreen 1.66:1, 16x9 Enhanced
Audio
German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s), German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), German dts 5.1 (768Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Subtitles
English
Extras
Audio Commentary-with Director Werner Herzog and Norman Hill, Theatrical Trailer-in German with no English subtitling, Trailer-Umbrella Entertainment trailers
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