• © Werner Herzog Film / Deutsche Kinemathek
  • © Werner Herzog Film / Deutsche Kinemathek
  • © Werner Herzog Film / Deutsche Kinemathek

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

(Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)
(Every Man for Himself and God Against All), (The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser)

  • In Person

Kaspar Hauser is one of the purest film examples I know of in which an artist of Romantic sensibility puts society to the test and finds it wanting.

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge,

For many critics, this is still Herzog’s finest film. Bruno S., a nonactor, gives an amazing performance as Kaspar Hauser, who, in the 1820s, suddenly appeared in a small German town, full-grown but seemingly a new-born child, unable to speak and barely able to stand. It is a film that stares straight into the mystery of human existence. “In Herzog the line between fact and fiction is a shifting one. He cares not for accuracy but for effect, for a transcendent ecstasy” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).

  • Werner Herzog
  • Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 110 mins
  • American Genre Film Archive

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