Werner Herzog / DE, 1968 / 95 min.
The Greek island Kos under German occupation. Wehrmacht soldier Stroszek is sent to guard a munitions depot, but the heat and grinding boredom overwhelm him. This story told in 16mm black-and-white in a nouvelle vague style won 26-year-old Herzog a Silver Bear at the Berlinale
We’re in the last three months of the war. Wounded soldier Stroszek is sent to Kos to recuperate, together with his wife and two other soldiers. Their job: to guard a Wehrmacht munitions depot.
From this simple situation, inspired by German Romantic author Achim von Arnim’s story ‘Der tolle Invalide auf dem Fort Ratonneau’, Herzog created his feature-length fiction debut, with Swiss actor Peter Brogle playing the lead.
Images © Werner Herzog Film
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