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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 1974

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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 1974 PG

100 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

Though it deals with events in the carefully documented life of a near-legendary historical character, this remains one of the most eloquent and emotionally affecting expressions of Werner Herzog’s distinctive world view. It’s by far the finest of the various films made about the young man who in 1828 appeared out of the blue in Nuremberg, clutching a note claiming his name was Kaspar; barely able to walk or talk, and willing to eat only bread and water, he became a figure of fame and controversy among doctors, scientists and educationalists of the day.

Wisely, Herzog avoids speculating about his still mysterious origins and fate, choosing instead to focus on the encounter between Kaspar - an innocent at the mercy of a society too sure of itself - and the well-meaning but blinkered rationalists determined to shape his character and his new life.

Bruno S., himself something of an outcast, plays Kaspar to perfection, while Herzog brings a delicate lyricism and true sensitivity to his account of purity imperilled by contact with ‘civilisation’. Arguably his warmest and most poignant feature, it feels as fresh as it did when first released. (Geoff Andrew)

Directed by

Werner Herzog

Featuring

Brigitte Mira

Walter Ladengast

Bruno S.

Genres

Biopic

Collection

Werner Herzog

Certificate

PG Contains mild violence and an autopsy scene

Released

1974

Country

Federal Republic of Germany

Language

English

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