Invincible (2001)

Werner Herzog tells true stories very well. He doesn't let his protagonist become overdramatic thus allowing for the story to be central and the character becomes greater by being less than the issue at hand.

Zishe, a young and simple Jewish blacksmith in rural Poland, becomes famous for his unbelievable strength. He is recruited to come to Berlin where he can be featured as a strong man at a posh night club where singers, dancers and magicians perform. His boss is an occultist who is on the inside with an up and coming National Socialist German Workers' Party. Zishe has to choose whether he will stand against the rising anti-semitism or embrace the fame he quickly achieves.

Sometimes, Herzog, who also wrote the screenplay, seems to be forcing his own interpretation of the story onto the screen than should be allowed, but it works nonetheless. Invincible is a poignant and very unique film, its simplicity being its strongest asset.

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