16.8.10

Bruno Schleinstein 1932-2010

Bruno S., star of Herzog's Stroszek and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser dies, aged 78
Bruno Schleinstein, 1932-2010
The New York Times reports the passing of Bruno Schleinstein (Bruno S.), aged 78, known to many as the star of Werner Herzog's The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and Stroszek: 'He was a street musician, a painter of pictures, a forklift operator in a steel mill and, at one time, a mental patient. But, perhaps most remarkably, he was the lead actor in a movie that won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1975.' Of his on-screen persona: 'Werner Herzog, one of the innovators of postwar German cinema, twice in the 1970s cast Bruno to play pretty much himself — a damaged but somehow transcendent character.'

Source: Douglas Martin, 'Bruno S., Street Musician Turned Lead Actor in Herzog Classics, Dies at 78', New York Times, 14 August 2010