Schultze Gets the Blues

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Schultze Gets the Blues
Schultze Gets the Blues movie poster.jpg
Directed by Michael Schorr
Produced by Jens Körner
Written by Michael Schorr
Starring Horst Krause
Karl Fred Müller
Distributed by Paramount Classics (USA)
Release date
  • 2 September 2003 (2003-09-02)
Running time
114 minutes
Language German

Schultze Gets the Blues is a 2003 German comedy-drama film, the first directed and written by Michael Schorr.[1]


Schultze (played by Horst Krause)[1] is a large, recently retired salt-miner living in Teutschenthal (near Halle, Saxony-Anhalt in Germany). Along with his also laid-off friends Jürgen and Manfred, he finds himself restless with so much spare time.

For years, he has played traditional polka music on his accordion, but a series of upheavals in his life inspire an interest in American Zydeco and Cajun music. Though being afraid of travelling to the United States at the beginning he accepts his music club's wish to represent it at a German folk music festival in New Braunfels, Texas.

But instead of appearing there he chooses to travel in a motor boat around the countryside despite speaking little English, immersing himself in the music and culture of the Bayou. Finally, among his newly found friends he becomes very sick and presumably dies. Back in Teutschenthal a funeral is held for Schultze which turns into a decent and mildly happy celebration of his life: "Herr, lehre uns Bedenken, dass wir alle einmal sterben müssen, auf das wir im Leben klug werden" - "Lord, teach us to understand we all have to die sometime, that we become wiser in our lives" (Psalm 90,12).


The film won "Best film" at the 2003 Stockholm International Film Festival.[2]


  1. ^ a b Schultze Gets the Blues Roger Ebert
  2. ^ Past winners Stockholm Film Festival

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