#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck. After they are harried and beaten by the thugs who have been Eva’s pimps, they join Bruno’s neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin. In that winter bound, barren prairie, Bruno works as a mechanic, Eva as a waitress. They buy a trailer. Then, bills mount, the bank threatens to repossess the trailer, Eva wants privacy, and inexorably, the promise of a new life deserts Bruno.
Plot: Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck and they join his neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin.
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About Infant Gymnastics….and then some.
Admittedly, I was hooked from start go by Werner Herzog’s Stroszek. This film’s weird and unpredictable rhythm intoxicated me. From its arresting images (reflections from a hanging glass bottle) to the hypnotic sounds (Chet Atkins’ guitar strumming languidly along a highway), these cinematic hallmarks of the great Werner Herzog flooded Stroszek mysteriously, unobtrusively and most of all, very lovingly.
Strange enough, the kitschy surreality of this film’s music (a good example will be that iced lake radar search sequence) reminds me strongly of those 70’s Classic Taiwanese “Beach” Dramas. You know, the kind where a pair of arms-outstretched love birds would run in slomo towards each other via opposite ends of a sandy seashore? I know, the cultural reference may be lost to non-Chinese readers and I apologise. But yes, this flick stirs and stimulates my free associative imagination with wild and insane glee. I kid you not, people. I kid you not.
However, major credits need be given to the lucidity and forceful presence of one Bruno S.
Sample below quote.
The Bruno to Eva: “And now comes the question. All my friends waited for me, but this is my best friend….my “Black Friend”(a piano). What’s going to happen to my friend when Bruno goes dead someday? Where are these things and these instruments going to end up? What’s going to happen to them. Someone must answer this for me.” (And then, they just stared at each other, throughout and after…..)
Above affecting sequence punctuated the bittersweet vulnerability of one Bruno S. As a simple, slightly challenged man-child, Bruno had very limited human relationships all his life. As such, he guilelessly transfers his genuine feelings onto “placebo” objects. But despite of his checkered past (years of physical abuse and institutional upbringing), this socially inadequate man ably exudes generosity, kindness and unguarded honesty. Given half a chance, he will just as likely shower his unconditional love onto those whom he cares for, namely Eva. (As was shown in one scene set to the haunting tinkles of Moonlight Sonata). All in, Bruno is thus an exceptionally good man. But will there yet be more to this Bruno than meet the eyes? I dunno….
Throughout this film, I am captivated by Bruno’s earnest glow; so refreshingly tender and devoid of artifice. In reaction to his search for meaning in life, love and other myriad mysteries (like “birds confiscators” or “speed-talking” men – don’t ask.), Bruno’s expressive face never lies. I felt immensely privileged to share in his bliss (or despair) at any given points in time. This fascinating creature tugged at my strings more often in this movie than the combined twitches of so many affected actors out there. I friggin’ love this charming dude and hence, I cannot help but root for the guy. You go, Bruno!
Like the best of Herzog’s works, Stroszek boasts of many scratch head-worthy moments. (Especially considering my having seen the Enigma of “Heart of Glass”.) But these pecularities only serve to propel my viewing experience into mystical realms. For buried within its seemingly artful surfaces, lies aching balms of “cinematic capsules”. They will randomly burst and engulf the inclined and willing. They will seep into one’s consciousness and never let you go. I hence don’t think I can ever erase the wonderous memories of those stolen moments already, from “Peddling Sabine” to “Infant Gymnastics”, from “Not 4, but 5” to “$32”. Most infamously, how can I not mention that “Dancing Chicken”? Brilliant!
At this point, I will like to urge all to venture forth into Herzog’s film universe. For if you’re willing, or foolhardy enough to take that plunge, you may yet discover a film like Stroszek to be ceaselessly beautiful and effortlessly moving.
Preemies & dancing chickens
This movie has been described as Herzog’s take on the American Dream, and there is some overt USA bashing, but it is much more complex than that, as societies are not easily characterized. For instance, the gangster-pimps that terrorize and brutalize Bruno and Eva in Berlin are very much reflections of the Gestapo mentality and the feeling of being trapped and helpless in your own homeland. They are more fortunate than Nazi victims in the ease of their “escape” to America but unlike most of those refugees in the 30’s and 40’s, Bruno is unable to assimilate and contribute. He expects instant riches and does a little work for the horny hillbillies that give him a job but is still full of anger and paranoia. This is due primarily to his obvious faults, alcoholism and maybe paranoid schizophrenia, and not to the American system. All 3 of the German transplants are shown to be highly intelligent and cultured beyond the hellish railroad town they are plopped down into, and the obvious solution would have been for Bruno to seek employment as a musician, as he is very talented in that regard, but the dramatic arc of the story demands that he lose everything including Eva, and blame America and the insipid characters he is forced to deal with, and do something drastic, which he does. Eva knew that America is the same as every place: if you want a good life, you’ve got to work hard for it, using whatever tools & gifts you possess. But Bruno is too damaged to apply this principle, and this is the tragedy of “Stroszek” and of Bruno S.
The scene with the premature baby and the doctor is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen. It is just amazing, the character of that tiny infant, and shows Stroszek the fundamental power that he lacks, the tenacious nature of humanity to hold onto not only fellow human beings, but also to life itself.
The coin-operated live animals in the end represent not only cruelty and lack of compassion, but the obsessiveness of the American pursuit of entertainment. I personally felt more compassion for these creatures as victims of a system than I did for Bruno, who was pretty much doomed before he came to America.
Original Language de
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Werner Herzog
Writer Werner Herzog (book)
Actors Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg
Country West Germany
Awards 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Production Company Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm