Invincible

InvincibleBB

(out of 5)


A Jewish blacksmith with muscles the size of boulders performs a feat of strength in a circus act one night to clear a debt to a local tavern in 1930s Poland. Spotted by a talent agent, he is brought to Berlin where he is given a job performing strongman feats at Hanussen’s famous Theatre of the Occult. At first wearing a blond wig and given the more “Aryan” name of Siegfried, our hero eventually realizes that he is not ashamed of his heritage and proclaims it onstage for the world to see. Naturally, the Nazi patrons are incensed and turn their hatred towards Hanussen () himself, while Jewish patrons line up in droves to see their newly proclaimed Samson. Werner Herzog’s latest film has an interesting fact-based story to tell, and some memorably powerful images, not to mention excellent performances from Roth and newcomer (a Finnish champion bodybuilder who has never acted before). The pacing lags, however, and the running time stays way beyond its welcome:  it’s a two and a half hour film that could easily have been told in eighty minutes. Boring beyond belief, and the characters are too flat.


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USA/United Kingdom/Germany/Ireland, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by Werner Herzog

Cinematography by

Produced by , Werner Herzog

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Invincible

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