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1,355 Ratings


Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1979


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…

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)

Critics reviews

Although a devoted student of German Expressionist cinema, Herzog does not opt for a predictable Expressionistic treatment of his theme, whereby formal excess (of music, lighting, etc.) would match the hysteria of characters and narrative. Right up to the murder sequence, Woyzeck is arguably the most ‘classical’ of Herzog’s films, with long takes of two-three minutes filmed in frontal mid-shot, the camera moving with characters or their vantage point, soon returning to relative visual stability.
March 19, 2016
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Büchner’s cosmic crack-up, a little case of aberratio mentalis partialis frozen and analyzed as a string of charged Rembrandt superfices… The lumpenprole’s state of mind is a tangle of torment coolly registered, the camera’s frontal distance has its own pale-fire approach to Büchner’s fragmented expressionism.
January 01, 2010
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