STROSZEK

by Werner Herzog
STROSZEK - LA BALLATA DI STROSZEK

Informations

Nation: Germany

Year: 1977

Length: 115'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Germany. Bruno Stroszek, a shy street musician recently released from jail and desperately trying to stay away from booze, befriends Eva, a prostitute. She tries to help him by offering him shelter and taking care of him, which leads to a confrontation with her pimp. Scheitz, her neighbor, always wanted to join his nephew in the United States, and convinces them to start a new life with him there. They end up in the frozen prairies of Wisconsin, in a town that isn’t particularly welcoming towards them, if not outright hostile. Bruno finds work as a mechanic and Eva starts waiting tables, but the money never seems to be enough: the mortgage on the house they share weighs heavily on their budget. It doesn’t take much for the situation to precipitate. To make ends meet, Eva starts working the streets again, but they still come short on their loan payment and the bank threatens to repossess their home. In a desperate attempt to get some money, Bruno tries to rob a bank with Scheitz.  

Director

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (Munich, Germany, 1942) grew up in a small town in Bavaria and debuted with the short film Herakles in 1962, before going on to study history, literature and theatre at the University of Munich. Since then, he has made over fifty films, including Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Lessons of Darkness, Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. He is universally acclaimed as one of the greatest filmmakers alive and has received several prestigious awards. He has also participated to the Torino Film Festival, presenting Grizzly Man in 2005 and Into the Abyss in 2011.

Filmography:
Lebenszeichen (Segni di vita, 1968), Fata Morgana (id., 1971), Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit (Paese del silenzio e dell’oscurità, 1971), Aguirre, der Zom Gottes (Aguirre, furore di Dio, 1972), Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu, principe della notte, 1979), Woyzeck (id., 1979), Fitzcarraldo (id., 1982), Lektionen in Finsternis (Apocalisse nel deserto, mm, doc., 1992), Grizzly Man (doc., 2005), The Wild Blue Yonder (L’ignoto spazio profondo, 2005), Encounters at the End of the World (id., doc., 2007), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (id., 2009), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), Into the Abyss - A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life (doc., 2011), Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (doc., 2016), Into the Inferno (Dentro l’inferno, doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura, produttore/director, story, screenplay, producer
Werner Herzog
fotografia/cinematography
Thomas Mauch
montaggio/film editing
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
musica/music
Chet Atkins, Sonny Terry
suono/sound
Haymo Heyder, Peter van Anft
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Bruno S. (Bruno Stroszek), Eva Mattes (Eva), Clemens Scheitz (Scheitz)
produzione/production
Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, ZDF

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Germany. Bruno Stroszek, a shy street musician recently released from jail and desperately trying to stay away from booze, befriends Eva, a prostitute. She tries to help him by offering him shelter and taking care of him, which leads to a confrontation with her pimp. Scheitz, her neighbor, always wanted to join his nephew in the United States, and convinces them to start a new life with him there. They end up in the frozen prairies of Wisconsin, in a town that isn’t particularly welcoming towards them, if not outright hostile. Bruno finds work as a mechanic and Eva starts waiting tables, but the money never seems to be enough: the mortgage on the house they share weighs heavily on their budget. It doesn’t take much for the situation to precipitate. To make ends meet, Eva starts working the streets again, but they still come short on their loan payment and the bank threatens to repossess their home. In a desperate attempt to get some money, Bruno tries to rob a bank with Scheitz.  

Director All about direction

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (Munich, Germany, 1942) grew up in a small town in Bavaria and debuted with the short film Herakles in 1962, before going on to study history, literature and theatre at the University of Munich. Since then, he has made over fifty films, including Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Lessons of Darkness, Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. He is universally acclaimed as one of the greatest filmmakers alive and has received several prestigious awards. He has also participated to the Torino Film Festival, presenting Grizzly Man in 2005 and Into the Abyss in 2011.

Filmography:
Lebenszeichen (Segni di vita, 1968), Fata Morgana (id., 1971), Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit (Paese del silenzio e dell’oscurità, 1971), Aguirre, der Zom Gottes (Aguirre, furore di Dio, 1972), Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu, principe della notte, 1979), Woyzeck (id., 1979), Fitzcarraldo (id., 1982), Lektionen in Finsternis (Apocalisse nel deserto, mm, doc., 1992), Grizzly Man (doc., 2005), The Wild Blue Yonder (L’ignoto spazio profondo, 2005), Encounters at the End of the World (id., doc., 2007), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (id., 2009), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), Into the Abyss - A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life (doc., 2011), Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (doc., 2016), Into the Inferno (Dentro l’inferno, doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura, produttore/director, story, screenplay, producer
Werner Herzog
fotografia/cinematography
Thomas Mauch
montaggio/film editing
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
musica/music
Chet Atkins, Sonny Terry
suono/sound
Haymo Heyder, Peter van Anft
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Bruno S. (Bruno Stroszek), Eva Mattes (Eva), Clemens Scheitz (Scheitz)
produzione/production
Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, ZDF