The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1975)
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German director Werner Herzog's internationally acclaimed "breakthrough" film is based on the famous story of mysterious 19th-century child genius Kasper Hauser. As played by Bruno S., Hauser shows up unannounced in the middle of a village square, frightening the populace with his bizarre behavior. He cannot talk, nor is there any indication of his parentage, thus Kaspar is immediately the object of close scrutiny from the authorities. When he finally does develop the power of speech, he reveals
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The conflict between logic and the unknowable is as fascinating and exciting for us as it clearly is for Herzog.
Every Man is a superb movie because Mr. Herzog has managed to treat the fable in stunning human and dramatic terms.
typically, Herzog is more preoccupied with anthropological issues, casting his pre-cultural everyman into a world of social pretence, academic pomposity and dehumanising exploitation, and seeing what comes out of the ensuing confrontations.
A great among greats. Bruno S's performance is surely one of the best ever?
One of [Herzog's] two or three finest films, not to mention surely his most humane.
Stories of humans raised in the wild range from Tarzan to Mama, but none compare to the resonance of Werner Herzog's 1974 film.
The drive toward domestication is the drive toward death in Herzog's haunting fable, a travesty of uplifting dramas to go with Aguirre's travesty of swashbuckling epics
It's a very odd story but Herzog brings it across with a touching human side and a refreshing lack of sentimentality.
Stuffed with obscure images and silent passages of profound, frightening insight.
There is a profound philosophy at the base of Kasper Hauser: How does emotional growth occur, deprived of any foreign influence, sociological, familial or otherwise?
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser achieves timelessness through its satire and its sensibilities seem less stodgy than in most period films.
The film has turgid stretches, but this flaw is largely overwhelmed by compositions which are meaningful and hypnotic, and a startling performance from Bruno S as poor Kaspar.
Audience Reviews for The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All)
- Kaspar Hauser: My coming to this world was a terribly hard fall.
- Kaspar Hauser: What are women good for?
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