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Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1979
  • German
  • English, French
Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions


In a 19th century village in Germany lives a soldier named Franz Woyzeck. He is a naïve fellow, a poor man with deep sentiments. Haunted by strange voices, ordered about by commanding officers, and experimented on by the town doctor, he begins to suspect his lover of grave infidelity…

Our take

Shot fast on the heels of Nosferatu, using the same crew, star, and location, Woyzeck is a tight Herzogian psychodrama of civilized insanity and murder most foul. Filmed largely in long takes, it showcases possibly Kinski’s best performance: subtle, human, and ready to explode.

Woyzeck Directed by Werner Herzog

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1979 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1980 | Nominee: Best Actor

German Film Awards

1979 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Gold)

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