The Movie Club Podcast #17: The Thin Blue Line and Stroszek


The Movie Club Podcast is a bi-monthly roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans.

Will wonders never cease… another episode of The Movie Club Podcast is in the can and on time for once. Clearly this is cause for celebration! As always we have gathered with our friends from Row Three and Twitch to talk about a couple of films by two filmmakers who are quite well-acquainted: Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. In some ways their movies and personalities are polar opposites, but on the other hand they definitely share a lot of common ground.

The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 documentary about a murder in Dallas County, Texas that resulted in a conviction being overturned. Stroszek is a 1977 film about a man in Germany who gets out of prison and decides to move to Wisconsin in search of the American dream. To hear the episode, head over to The Movie Club Podcast website right now! On the next episode we will tackle Tarsem’s The Fall and Wojciech Has’ The Saragossa Manuscript.

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  • KeithTalent

    Just waiting for Stroszek to get to my house (hopefully by Monday) then I will be listening to the podcast. Looking forward to it!

  • Me

    Hope no one commits suicide!@

  • Hey guys…it was so cool hearing you talk about “Stroszek” on your podcast. All those years ago, I had the opportunity to play the banker in the film.

    It’s such a thrill that something I was involved in so many years ago still is being enjoyed. Herzog is a true master…

    FYI — I was never a banker. Herzog was doing the documentary you mentioned, “How Much Wood Can A Woodchuck Chuck?” about auctioneers, and I happened to be the speaker for their awards banquet and met him there, and appear in that film. A few months later, he called me — I was in college at the time — and asked if I would play the part in “Stroszek.”

    It was surreal…spending Thanksgiving Day in the Bicentennial year of 1976 in the Holiday Inn at Stevens Point, Wisconsin with a German film crew. A once-in-a-lifetime experience…

    Anyway…thanks again…your podcast is really terrific.

    Scott McKain