Film / Stroszek
film about street musician Bruno Stroszek and his friends. Bruno, Scheitz
are down on their luck. They move to Wisconsin to escape Eva's abusive pimps. Unfortunately
, they aren't quite able to make it in America.
Stroszek has examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Bruno's alcoholism is the source of many of his problems.
- All Devouring Black Hole Loan Sharks: Actually, ordinary bank workers just doing their jobs.
- Amateur Cast
- Author Appeal: Inverted. The ending makes a little bit more sense if you know that director Werner Herzog has a crippling fear of chickens.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Scheitz and Bruno. But especially Scheitz.
- The Danza: Bruno Schleinstein as Bruno Stroszek, Eva Mattes as Eva.
- Downer Ending Bruno losses Eva who ditches him for trucker drivers, his trailer to the bank, Scheitz who gets arrested for robbing a barber shop (which Bruno participated in), and at the end of the movie kills himself.
- Eagle Land: Ultimately averted. The Power Trio's relationships with America as a place and Americans as a people are complicated.
- Foregone Conclusion: Turns out Wisconsin sucks.
- Gainax Ending: After being a slow drama for an entire film, the ending centers on a chicken dancing to Sonny Terry.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Eva.
- Kick the Dog: The bank auction of Bruno's trailer as he sadly watches even if there is no malice.
- Lyrical Dissonance: The playful melody of the song Bruno sings is at odds with the often downbeat lyrics.
- Nostalgic Musicbox: An actual one, and the sounds of them.
- Non-Actor Vehicle: There are few professional actors in the movie.
- Power Trio: Superego: Scheitz, Ego: Bruno, Id: Eva.
- Regional Riff: Chet Atkins starts playing as the Power Trio gets used to America.
- The Rez: The ending takes place on a reservation.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Bruno, probably literally.
- Suspiciously Apropos Music: Not so bad as some films, but it isn't accidental that the alcoholic Bruno sings a song about a woman who is exploited by an alcoholic.
- Talent Double: Averted since Bruno was an accomplished street musician by the time.
- Third-Person Person: Bruno.
- Type Casting: Just like in Herzog's Woyzeck, Eva Mattes plays a woman who temporarily has a crazy husband.