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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (original title)
A young man named Kaspar Hauser suddenly appears in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writer:

Werner Herzog (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno S. ... Kaspar Hauser
Walter Ladengast Walter Ladengast ... Professor Daumer
Brigitte Mira ... Kathe, Servant
Willy Semmelrogge Willy Semmelrogge ... Circus director
Michael Kroecher Michael Kroecher ... Lord Stanhope
Hans Musäus Hans Musäus ... Unknown Man
Henry van Lyck ... Cavalry Captain
Gloria Doer Gloria Doer ... Frau Hiltel
Volker Prechtel ... Hiltel the prison guard
Herbert Achternbusch Herbert Achternbusch ... Bavarian Chicken Hypnotizer
Wolfgang Bauer Wolfgang Bauer
Wilhelm Bayer Wilhelm Bayer ... Taunting Farmboy
Franz Brumbach Franz Brumbach
Johannes Buzalski
Helmut Döring Helmut Döring ... Little King
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Storyline

Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note; he later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could remember, and only recently was he released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results. Written by Mike D'Angelo <mqd8478@is2.nyu.edu>

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 November 1974 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,874
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

After Kaspar is left in the town square, there is one shot of him where the way he holds the note, and the way the bandanna is tied, that is different from before or after. See more »

Quotes

Kaspar Hauser: It seems to me that my coming into this world was a very hard fall.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: One Sunday in 1828 a ragged boy was found abandoned in the town of N. He could hardly walk and spoke but one sentence.

Later, he told of being locked in a dark cellar from birth. He had never seen another human being, a tree, a house before.

To this day no one knows where he came from - or who set him free.

Don't you hear that horrible screaming all around you? That screaming men call silence? See more »

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Referenced in Sanctuary (2007) See more »

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Learning to think
1 June 2010 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

It's a well known philosophical conundrum, would a man be able to think (or even be properly considered a man) if he was denied all sensory stimulation? In Nuremburg in 1828, there was a practical test of this proposition, when a person was discovered in town who had spent all his previous life incarcerated and denied human contact. He was duly taught how to think; but in fact, was not grateful for the experience. Werner Herzog's film examines the strange life of Kaspar Hauser - I find it hard to say whether or not I consider it a good film, because that life itself was so strange. Certainly it better recreated the bafflement of those who interacted with Kaspar than it managed to suggest what it really felt like to be Kaspar - but then, who could know? It's probably not Herzog's greatest achievement - but it's certainly an intriguing subject.


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