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'Schultze Gets the Blues' to Screen
at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 28-Oct. 1

RELEASED: Sept. 25, 2006

scene from Schultze Gets the BluesEAU CLAIRE — "Schultze Gets the Blues" (Germany 2003) will screen Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Directed by Michael Schorr, the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

In a dreary German mining town, a man is forced into early retirement. Schultze (Horst Krause) fills his days with naps and visits to his mother at a nursing home, and he plays his accordion at a polka club.

"When we first see him, he's barely a supporting part in his own story," wrote Seattle movie reviewer Sean Axmaker. "Then, alone one day at home, Schultze spins the radio dial and by chance catches a zippy zydeco tune. It taunts him. It haunts him. He tries to shut it off, but shuffles back for another listen. He walks away, unsettled yet fascinated by the strange, almost sacrilegious use of his traditional polka instrument. The next day, his polka practice segues right into the zydeco song."

Meeting with a cold reception in his hometown, Schultze begins an odyssey that will take him through the gulf towns of Texas and deep into the swamps and bayous of Louisiana ... and back again.

"With dialogue as spare as its harsh landscapes, the film is so tonally dry that it makes Aki Kaurismaki look like the Farrelly brothers," wrote the A.V. Club's Nathan Rabin. "At its most poignantly lyrical, this quiet, late-blooming film about a quiet, late-blooming man shows how on the right night, with the right moon, parts of Earth can look more than a little like Heaven."

In German subtitled in English, the 114-minute film is rated PG.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and at the door.

The film is presented by the International Film Society.

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