Schultze Gets the Blues at Plymouth State University

March 9th, 2006 by Adam

The International Film Series at Plymouth State University will present the 2003 Michael Schorr film Schultze Gets the Blues, Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Frost Academic Commons off School Street in Plymouth.

In this story, Schultze has spent his whole life in a small town in Saxon-Anhalt near the river Saale. He is a retired salt miner who plays accordion in a polka band. Schultze’s life is divided between work and the pub, the allotment, folk music and fishing. After he and his cronies are forced into retirement, the emptiness of their existence becomes sadly apparent. Then a chance encounter with Cajun zydeco music turns his life around, a little. Soon he is cooking jambalaya for his pals and playing zydeco to the somewhat shocked denizens of his sleepy burg. When his friends arrange for him to be sent to the U.S. for a German folk festival, Schultze seizes the opportunity to visit the Louisiana bayou, and so his one chance at a wild adventure in life begins. Overcoming the language barrier through his hat-doffing, old-world charm, Schultze finds himself strangely at home in this new environment. [from reviews]

This German film features Horst Krause as Schultze, with Harald Warmbrunn, Karl-Fred Müller, Rosemarie Deibel, Wilhelmine Horschig and Anne Angelle.

National Public Radio commentator Peter Rainer described Schultz as “A small comic masterpiece! Beautifully observed and deeply felt.” Harvey S. Karten of The Arizona Reporter wrote, “… a penetrating, humorous and sentimental look at a working-class everyman in a small town! The theme of Schultze Gets the Blues appears as well in About Schmidt.

All films are followed by light refreshments and discussion. There is no charge for admission. For information call Peter Drexel, (603) 535-2696.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.