Film Info: Invincible

Invincible

Invincible
Scene from "Invincible" (photo courtesy of Tatfilm)

Invincible is the true story of a young Jewish blacksmith from East Poland, Zishe Breitbart, who at the beginning of the 1930s is lured to the world of the varietés in Berlin. In the dubious House of the Occult run by Erik Jan Hanussen, he plays the strongest man in the world, much to the displeasure of the rising Nazi establishment. Zishe's story ends tragically due to his strong belief that he was sent as the new Samson and must protect his people.


Werner Herzog was born in 1942 and has produced, written and directed more than 60 films, published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. A selection of his films includes: EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL (AUCH ZWERGE HABEN KLEIN ANGEFANGEN, 1970), LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (LAND DES SCHWEIGENS UND DER DUNKELHEIT, 1971), FATA MORGANA (1971), AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD (AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES, 1972), EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL (JEDER FUER SICH UND GOTT GEGEN ALLE, 1974), HEART OF GLASS (HERZ AUS GLAS, 1976), LA SOUFRIÈRE (1977), STROSZEK (1977), WOYZECK (1979), NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE (NOSFERATU: PHANTOM DER NACHT, 1979), FITZCARRALDO (1982), WHERE THE GREEN ANTS DREAM (WO DIE GRUENEN AMEISEN TRAEUMEN, 1984), COBRA VERDE (1988), ECHOES FROM A SOMBRE EMPIRE (ECHOS AUS EINEM DUESTEREN REICH , 1990), SCREAM OF STONE (SCHREI AUS STEIN, 1991), LESSONS OF DARKNESS (LEKTIONEN IN FINSTERNIS, 1992), BELLS FROM THE DEEP (GLOCKEN AUS DER TIEFE, 1993), MY BEST FIEND (MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND - KLAUS KINSKI, 1999), INVINCIBLE (2001), TEN MINUTES OLDER: THE TRUMPET (2002), WHEEL OF TIME (RAD DER ZEIT, 2003), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), RESCUE DAWN (2006), ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), BAD LIEUTENANT (2009), MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE (2009), THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (DIE HÖHLE DER VERGESSENEN TRÄUME, 2010), and INTO THE ABYSS (2011).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Werner Herzog
Screenplay Werner Herzog
Cinematography Peter Zeitlinger
Joe Bini
Ulrich Bergfelder
Cast Udo Kier, Jouko Ahola, Tim Roth, Anna Gourari, Max Raabe and his Palace Orchestra
Producers Christine Ruppert, Werner Herzog, Gary Bart
Production Companies Werner Herzog Film/Vienna, Tatfilm/Cologne, LittleBird/Dublin
Length 135 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Venice 2001, Mar del Plata 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, BKM
German Distributor Zephir Filmverleih/Cologne

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