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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1974
Drama, Biography
  • German
  • English, French


Kaspar Hauser lives locked in a cellar, where he cannot see or speak to anyone. One day, a mysterious man pulls him out, teaches him to walk and talk, and then leaves him in the middle of a town square with a letter in his hand addressed to the authorities. Kaspar’s journey begins…

Our take

Aguirre may be more famous, but many Herzogians hold up Kaspar Hauser as their favorite. Starring Bruno S., a wayward Berlin street musician recruited for the role, the film is quintessential Herzog: a beautiful, tartly comic look at mankind dropped into a large, confusing, wondrous world.

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser Directed by Werner Herzog

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