[Herzog’s] critical blade sharpens especially in the scenes when Kaspar—who, according to the authorities, has to earn his keep—is turned into freak providing entertainment. The dictatorship of meaning is combined with the totalitarian regime of money. Cultural violence, motivated by economy, manifests itself by making Hauser—“the other”—a fetish for visual consumption. The uniqueness of Kaspar is quickly transformed into a commodity—ready and easy to monetize.
June 10, 2014