BLUE RASCAL CINEMA | STROSZECK | 17 SEPT

STROSZEK     (1977)
Directed by Werner Herzog
115 minutes
In German and English, with English subtitles

This is one of my very favorite films by Werner Herzog, and one of the few films that I screen every 3 years or so. This film tells the tale of Stroszek (played by the brilliant and bittersweet Bruno S.), who, when released from prison, has to make a living by playing his accordion on the streets of Berlin. He befriends Eva (Eva Mattes), a down and out prostitute, but by becoming her friend he also gets himself into a load of Mafia-like trouble… so together Bruno and Eva leave Germany for Railroad Flats Wisconsin to live the “american dream”, which of course ends in utter disaster.

Stroszek-2

Not as famous as other Herzog films which had bigger budgets and flamboyantly spectacular narratives, this is a smaller film which ends up being more brilliant and poignant than anything else Herzog has done. Being one of Herzog’s best, this was the favorite film of Ian Curtis of the band Joy Division (and, by the way, this is the film he chose to commit suicide with). The lead actor, Bruno S., is beyond brilliant… and he died in Berlin in 2010….so this screening is also a tribute to good old Bruno, one of society’s magnificent outcasts.

This is a rarely-seen gem, a poignant tale with one of the most bizarre endings in film history. This will be a high-definition screening.

BLUE RASCAL CINEMA @ De Slang
Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00
Entrance: Free

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