Saturday, December 17, 2005

Movie recommendation: Schultze Gets the Blues (2003, Germany)

I strongly recommend this movie: Schultze Gets the Blues (2003, Germany).

Synopsis: Directed and written by Michael Schorr, Schultze Gets the Blues centers around Schultze (Horst Krause), a middle-aged accordionist whose lust for life is renewed after hearing a Cajun zydeco riff on the radio. Despite the fact that using his accordion for anything other than polka would be considered a sacrilege by his family -- Schultze's father was considered legendary in the polka circuit -- a newly invigorated Schultze jumps at the chance to change his musical style and takes it a step further by learning how to cook jambalaya and saving money for a trip to the United States. Despite more than a few unseen barriers, Schultze makes the trip from Germany to America, where he takes on Texas and the Louisiana bayous with an unprecedented zest.

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