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Stunning culture clash...,
This review is from: Stroszek [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Bruno S. regroups with Herzog after their previous collaboration, 'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser'. Though this film is probably closer to 'Even Dwarfs Started Small'...It begins with the eponymous protoganist leaving an asylum and going to live in the 'real world' of Berlin...This section is depressing, due to the bullying of two pimp characters who torture him in an obscure manner using a piano (?). His best friends are an old man and a prostitute. The German section is fairly grim- until they decide to leave for the utopia of America...We get them doing the tourist thing, before heading to Wisconcin (or some other US-backwater)- where Stroszek enjoys beer, temporary work in a garage and selling his soul to his bank manager for a mobile home...While the old man confounds the locals with the best dual language jokes this side of 'Ghost Dog' (the film is not unsimilar to 'Stranger than Paradise'). The tragedy, albeit absurd has to occur- it involves polite bank managers, lorry drivers and auctioneers. The only options left are crime- our European outsiders are now the ultimate outsiders...The final scene is heartbreaking & hilarious: the dancing chickens offering an influence on 'Blue Velvet'- and the film demonstrating their was something in the air ('Eraserhead' was released the same year). There are cars on fire. And a ski-lift...
This is the film Ian Curtis (Joy Division) watched, prior to listening to Iggy Pop's 'The Idiot' and killing himself. This is also the film that David Lynch watched in his hotel room (it was the same television transmission) and was amazed by...Probably my fave Herzog, it deserves to be seen by everyone, though 'Aguire...' and 'The Enigma...' are probably better films. What can I say?- a stunning culture clash. The outsiders outsiders.