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

Signs of Life


  • In Person

A remarkably assured first feature . . . exhibits all the essentials of Herzog’s mature style. . . . Signs of Life is suffused with a sweetly obsessive melancholia.

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Athina Zacharopoulou, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg,

Herzog’s breakthrough film garnered a special jury award at the Berlinale and this appraisal at the New York Film Festival: “Deceptively beautiful landscapes and dangerous idylls on a Greek island during the German occupation provide the setting for Herzog’s mysterious parable, in which a modern Don Quixote, apathetic and inhibited, is at last stung into rebellion against society. . . . A strange, intense work . . . influenced by Borges and Kafka. The hypnotic probing of cruelty, indifference, and unspoken horrors becomes a metaphysical comment on man and his ideologies.”

  • Werner Herzog
  • Thomas Mauch
  • German
  • Greek
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 90 mins
  • Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
  • Shout! Studios

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