Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stroszek (1977)

Director: Werner Herzog. Cast: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Cemens Scheitz. 115 min. West Germany. Drama.

An alcoholic, a prostitute, and an old scientist are disenfranchised from life in Germany, and migrate to Wisconsin in search of their dreams. But in America, they drown in all the "things" they can buy, and fall behind on their mobile home payments. They're depicted as dancing chickens, moving to the tune of American materialism. Bruno S. repeats the exact persona he played in The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, probably because he's not acting at all - as he was known to be mentally challenged in real life.

Great quotes:

Eva: "No one kicks you here, Bruno."

Bruno: "Not physically; here they do it spiritually."

PS: Herzog has a strange affinity for actors (namely, Klaus Kinski and Bruno S.) who were known to be mentally disturbed in real life. Check out their biographies here and here.

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