Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser) 1974 M

8.00PM Fri 11 Aug 2017 (1hr 49mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser' doesn't purport to be a factually correct retelling of history. The film tries to reach a more profound truth than that of everyday reality…

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser will screen from an archival 35mm film print.

Based (loosely, as with all of Herzog's historical works) on the true story of Kaspar Hauser – a young German man who, in the early 19th Century, mysteriously emerged onto the streets of Nuremberg after being kept captive in a house throughout the entirety of his youth. Upon his arrival, he is taken into a circus to be gawked at, before a Professor offers to educate and raise the man – which leads to unwanted attention from the local aristocracy.

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser is a lyrical, moving portrait of an unknowable man and the inscrutability of his life. He is portrayed in an astonishing performance by the outsider artist/musician Bruno S., who perfectly renders the mystery at the heart of the story. Bruno himself had spent much of his early life institutionalised – in both hospitals and prisons - and his familiarity with the pain of being existentially restrained emerges in his deeply empathetic portrayal. It is one of the great director's finest achievements – a testament to both his singular artistic vision and his deep understanding of humanity.

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 110 MINS, WEST GERMANY, GERMAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: WERNER HERZOG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JÖRG SCHMIDT-REITWEIN / EDITOR: BEATE MAINKA-JELLINGHAUS / PRODUCTION CO: WERNER HERZOG FILMPRODUKTION, FILMVERLAG DER AUTOREN, ZDF / PRINT SOURCE: DEUTSCHE KINEMATHEK / RIGHTS: WERNER HERZOG FILM GMBH / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM

M | Mature themes, Low level violence