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Werner Herzog


Edition 1979
115' - 1977 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: German, Turkish, English
Director: Werner Herzog Composer: Chet Atkins, Sonny Terry With: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz

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.

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Werner Herzog


Chet Atkins, Sonny Terry


Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz


Werner Herzog

Director of Photography

Thomas Mauch


Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus


Willi Segler

More information


German, Turkish, English

Countries of production

West Germany



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