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Werner Herzog - Film Series

Herzog's first feature-length film, shot on the islands of Crete and Kos - where his grandfather had worked as an archaeologist. It received the Silver Bear for Best First Feature at the 1968 Berlinale and inspired Lotte Eisner, among others, who recognized a departure here.

Blick in die Ausstellung Werner Herzog
Blick in die Ausstellung Werner Herzog © Marian Stefanowski, Deutsche Kinemathek

The plot is set near the end of World War II, soldier Stroszek is recovering from a wound and is assigned to guard the ammunition depot in an old fortress with two comrades. He marries a villager and tries to escape the crippling inactivity by doing other jobs. During a reconnaissance, the sight of hundreds of spinning windmills strikes him to the core. Confused, he takes command of the fortress and even threatens to set the sun on fire.

BRD 1968, Director: Werner Herzog

90 minutes / DCP / OmE
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Price: €8.50
Kino Arsenal im Filmhaus (Sony-Center)