Schultze gets the Blues


            Shultze gets the Blues is the winner of 10 International Film Awards, it’s a German movie about Shultze, a coal miner who just retired as the movie begins.  He has a group of two other miners who he always hangs out with who retire on the same day as he.  They all live in this small quiet town and retired life is suiting them in a very slow and dull manner.  Shultze, who plays the accordion and knows many polka songs one day hears Zydeco music on his radio, a fast paced music that is played in the Southern United States; he tries to ignore it but is constantly drawn to it.  He tries to show off this new music to his town people but no-one pays any attention and he’s only backed up by his loyal friends.  He is chosen out of his polka group to go to Lousiana and play in a german polka festival that is held there.  He goes and experiences some of the American culture and ultimately enjoys his trip and gets more of a feel for the zydeco music.

            I just have to say that this is one of the most monotonous and slow movies I have ever seen.  There are no points of excitement and many scenes are very drawn out, you’ll spend 3 minutes just watching people walk down a road, they’re not doing anything, no conversation, barely any sound; this wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t that just about every scene is plagued by this.  There is very little music other than an instance when someone is actually playing onscreen and the dialogue never gets loud and is always on the same, unexcited tone.  The movie is just so slow, I kept expecting it to pick up pace, I like thought that maybe the first half of the movie is really played down and when Shultze gets to America maybe the movie will take a turn and become really fast paced and exciting; it doesn’t, “Shutlze gets the Blues” stays on the same repetitively slow level. 

            It isn’t all bad; the cinematography in the movie is inspiring, with many angles and naturally ideal camera positions; even if the picture quality (resolution) isn’t all that great.  Even though the movie can be extremely dull (I watched it in 3 sittings, I kept turning it off) there are a few instances of humor from the quirky actions of Shultze or the people around him.  The portrayal of the people in Louisiana seem kind of farfetched, they are portrayed as very nice people, which isn’t the farfetched part, I’m sure they’re nice, but they seem too nice, one lady meets Shultze for 40 seconds and invites him to eat with her family (something I don’t advise anybody to do with strangers).

            “Shultze gets the Blues” isn’t offensive, it isn’t stupid, it’s almost like watching a persons life but with all of the exciting parts cut out (it could also be a documentary without dialogue description); I liked the movie but then I only liked it because it was charming at parts and it makes you feel good.  The problem is that many may not get to know this feeling from the movie because they’ll probably be drooling out of the sides of their mouths while sleeping.  There is a plus though, it has a surprise ending. – the Talking Mime




Directed by: Michael Schorr


Rating 57%


Rated PG (Mild Language)