Stroszek (1977)

Can anything be bleaker than the shabby slums of Berlin? Yes, argues director Werner Herzog in Stroszek: try Wisconsin sometime. Bruno S.. stars as an ex-mental patient who dreams of the so-called promised land of America. He aligns himself… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 12, 1977
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

In some perverse way Herzog would probably prefer to see his despised and rejected characters remain despised and rejected, because it's their abject misery alone that seems to affirm their humanity in his eyes.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Stroszek is part moral tale and part absurdist comedy.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Every time I revisit it, it has a new gift for me.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Among other things, Mr. Herzog visually dazzles us while he's pulling the rug from under our feet.

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Fernando F. Croce

One surreal view after another, a sustained captivation

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

For every cheap shot about rural America (and there are many), there's an answering scene that kicks you in the stomach with its brutal honesty.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

We watch with a kind of fascination, because Herzog cuts loose from narrative and follows his characters through the relentless logic of their adventure.

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Dan Jardine

The amazing and brilliant thing about Herzog is the pure poetry he creates in his films. Really, the man is a poet

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

No description is necessary beyond the final line in the film: 'We've got a truck on fire. We have a man on the lift we're unable to find the switch to turn the lift off. We can't stop the dancing chicken. Send an electrician.'

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Elvira B
<p>Stroszek is my first look into Werner Herzog's take on a "normal" reality; or rather, his treatment of contemporary (1976, at least)… More
Stephen M
On the evidence of this movie, the topical practise of banks lending huge sums of money to people with no earthly hope of paying it back began in 1977… More
Arash Xak
Succeedes where a film like Dancer In the Dark fails miserably, it gives a fair, realistic & relentless portrayal of a man's downfall, Evil is… More
Christopher Mercer
A great oddity of a film based around an alcoholic and his two companions being displaced to rural Wisconsin. Herzog keeps to his standard of not delivering a… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Downright brilliant tragicomedy from one of the masters when it comes to capture unconventional people chasing illusions. Bleak, offbeat and funny as hell.
Chris Weber
Definitely off the wall, but then again, so are all of Werner Herzog's films. This one's definitely open for interpretation, and that's a good… More