Rated NR · 113 minutes · 2009

Director Zachary Levy spent about 10 years working on Strongman, a downer of a documentary about Stanless Steel, who claims to be the world’s strongest man … at bending steel. Stanless can bend a penny with his bare hands, but he still struggles to make the big time, working a full-time job in—what else—scrap metal. Levy’s film includes no interviews, no voiceover narration, and no direct contact between the camera and its subjects, and that’s rarer in documentaries than it perhaps should be. In Strongman, the cinema-vérité approach provides little buffer between the viewer and Stanless Steel’s depressing real life, his dream and some forward momentum. It’s an interesting approach and a real slice of Americana, but a pick-me-up, it isn’t.
Director: Zachary Levy




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