Schultze Gets the Blues.

Today I'll write about a motion picture I watched recently that impressed me.

Schultze Gets the Blues.


Schultze - he is called like that all over the film, never by his first name - goes into retirement and all of a sudden, he does not know, what to do with his great amount of free time. All his life he was told what to do and now there's nearly nothing left.
The motion picture has its own athmosphere. The camera is very special, you get the feeling you were watching some static photographs, no tracking shots in the first half, the sky is nearly always grey, the whole environment is sort of dismal and nothing ever changes, like living dead. Even the retirement present reminded me of a tombstone (an electric light made of salt stone). But then he discovers something new.
Music... american music! But he never liked that when he was younger, he even visits the doctor because he felt so flabbergasted and confused.
The play of Horst Krause is outstanding. His mimic when he listens to the music on the radio for the first time - wonderful! On his birthday he gets a vacation to Texas and this will change everything...

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