The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974)

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This film is based on the famous story of mysterious 19th-century child genius Kasper Hauser. Hauser shows up unannounced in the middle of a village square. He cannot talk, nor is there any indication of his parentage. When he develops the power of speech, he reveals a highly advanced intelligence.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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New Yorker Films

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Cast

Bruno S.
as Kaspar Hauser
Brigitte Mira
as Käthe
Gloria Doer
as Frau Hiltel
Florian Fricke
as Florian
Michael Kroecher
as Lord Stanhope

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

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

The conflict between logic and the unknowable is as fascinating and exciting for us as it clearly is for Herzog.

Full Review… | July 3, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A lyrical film about the least lyrical of men.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Every Man is a superb movie because Mr. Herzog has managed to treat the fable in stunning human and dramatic terms.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

In a world where the universe is meant to crush our aspirations, seldom has there been a film made that has been so honest about such ideas, or as poetic.

Full Review… | September 28, 2015
Cinemaphile.org

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.

Full Review… | July 9, 2013
New Empress Magazine

A compassionate, traumatic masterpiece, every frame amazing.

Full Review… | July 7, 2013
Observer (UK)

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

This is an astounding film that truly brings you into the world of this unique character, who was indeed a real person. You can easily wiki Kaspar Hauser to read the different articles for yourself, but the story goes that a teenage boy was abandoned to a soldier with a note stating that he had been kept inside since infancy and taught some basic things, but now could no longer be cared for and that he should be made a soldier or hanged. Werner Herzog takes some great liberties with the story, as most films do, to acheive a higher resonance of theme. In reality, Hauser was believed by many who took on his case to be a fraud, liar, manipulative, and general hustler. In this Herzog version, he is the innocent, he is the man-babe that has never seen fire, and it is fascinating. The cinematography is consistent and beautiful; it could be watched for its images alone. This is a fantastic outsider film that examines some greater philosophical queries along the lines of "blank slate". Why are so many people marking "Not Interested" for this film? Is it Herzog bias? Is it Cannes scorn? (this did win Palm D'Or in three categories)

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

½

A slow methodical look at the story of this mysterious "foundling" of German folk lore. A man (I believe the real Kaspar was only 17?) who having been raised entirely in a small cell with no outside contact, is "released" into society, only to find society to be far more constrictive and detrimental then the most solitary of confinement. As usual Herzog tells his verson of this story in a seemingly simple format and style, that (below the surface) is FULL of deep introspection, passion, pain and heartache. And he does so by filling the screen with actors and locales that make you feel as if you are watching a documentary and not a scripted film. Herzog's work may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy taking a thought provoking journey via the mind (and eyes) of an often unconventional journeyman...ENJOY!

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

The stars alone are for Bruno S and his extraodinary performance as Kaspar Hauser. A man raised in a prison, just to be released to the big prison that is society. Herzog watches this man not with pity, but with admiration.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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