126 mins
6.2 / 10 (399)


Zishe, a Polish blacksmith with great physical strength, is discovered by a Berlin cabaret performer. Rising to fame, he’s drawn into a complex web with Hanussen, a psychic linked to the Nazi Party. Zishe’s Jewish roots emerge, turning him into a symbol of resistance, sparking a clash with Hanussen.

MUBI's take

Playing a charlatan with intoxicating powers of persuasion, Tim Roth moves through this period drama with menacing charm. In a coruscating account of the entertainment industry in Weimar Germany, Werner Herzog explores the razzle-dazzle that made an entire people fall under Nazism’s nefarious spell.

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