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The Enigma of Kasper Hauser

Jeder Für Sich und Gott Gegen Alle

Werner Herzog | 1974 | 110 MINS
West Germany | Subtitles
International Panorama: Germany

A young man named Kaspar Hauser suddenly appears in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

In Detail

When young German man Kaspar Hauser (a remarkable performance from Bruno S.) is suddenly released from an existence of inexplicable confinement, he is forced into regular society.

Barely capable of communicating, Hauser is exploited in a circus sideshow until he is taken under the wing of the kind-hearted Professor Daumer (Walter Ladengast), who slowly helps him acclimatize to conventional life, even teaching him to read and write. Despite his best efforts, however, Hauser may not be able to escape the horrors of his past.

Based on the true story of a 16-year-old youth who appeared out of nowhere in a German square in 1828, this is one of Herzog’s most remarkable films and now with a 4K remaster, it is a must see on the big screen. Look out also for ‘Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer’ and ‘Aguirre, Wrath of God’ also screening in February.

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