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Stroszek
Stroszek
8.5
/10
3,188 Ratings

STROSZEK

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1977
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Bruno Stroszek, a hapless hard-drinking busker in Berlin, falls for Eva, a sex worker who’s in trouble with local thugs. With nothing to lose, they emigrate to Wisconsin with their neighbor Scheitz. But after a customs agent confiscates his cherished pet bird, Beo, Stroszek begins a downward spiral.

Synopsis

Bruno Stroszek, a hapless hard-drinking busker in Berlin, falls for Eva, a sex worker who’s in trouble with local thugs. With nothing to lose, they emigrate to Wisconsin with their neighbor Scheitz. But after a customs agent confiscates his cherished pet bird, Beo, Stroszek begins a downward spiral.

Our take

Reuniting with his Kaspar Hauser star Bruno S., Herzog shot on the fly this warped quest for survival in the land of the free. A fiction shot through with vérité techniques, Stroszek is both darkly comic and soulfully tragic, capped off by an unforgettably maniacal finale.