"The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser"
Directed by Werner Herzog
In 1828, a young man
appeared in the town square of Nuremberg, his origins unknown, having apparently been kept
in solitary confinement all his life; five years later he was murdered by an unidentified
assailant. Kaspar's brief, enigmatic destiny becomes a powerful metaphor for life in
Werner Herzog's vision of the
extreme edges of existence. Former mental patient Bruno S.
delivers a sympathetic and powerful performance. "Herzog achieves a visionary,
overcast style" (Pauline Kael,
The New Yorker). Also known as Every Man for
Himself and God against All. With Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Hans Musaus and
Willy Semmelrogge. German with English subtitles. Color.
From: "Dave Allen"
"A beautiful, almost mystical film depicting the true story of man
who grew up in total seclusion from the world and from other people.
Herzog brilliantly casts an actual schizophrenic, himself having been in
and out of institutions throughout his life."