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The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser [VHS]


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  • Actors: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge, Michael Kroecher
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Writers: Werner Herzog, Jakob Wassermann
  • Producers: Werner Herzog
  • Format: Import
  • Language: German
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Tartan
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIUS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1970s biopic from film-maker Werner Herzog about the life of German Kaspar Hauser, portrayed by Bruno S.. In Nuremberg in the early 1800s, the teenaged Kaspar arrives in the town square, his origins shrouded in mystery. At first he is unable to talk but when he learns how to he claims that he has been kept captive in a cellar since childhood with no contact with other human beings. Despite his patron Professor Daumer (Walter Ladengast)'s efforts, Kaspar has trouble fitting in with society. Following a violent incident he leaves the world as mysteriously as he came into it.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Also titled "Every man for himself and God against us all" Herzog's masterpiece focuses on the true story of a boy, discovered in Nuremburg in 1828, unable to speak or walk. The film follows him as a philanthropist attempts to integrate him into bourgeois society. Herzog convincingly attacks the stultifying practice of "culturing" the young. The film is neither sentimental nor callous, but seems at every moment beautifully poignant. In my opinion, Herzog is one of the greatest directors of the 20 th century, his eye for a perfect image and the strength and certainty with which he uses a camera marks him out for a genius.
This is, of course, highly debatable, many people find Herzog's arrogance as a director (in that he is obviously uninterested in how the audience will react) impossible to stomach, and also become impatient with the unhurried silences that make up much of the film.
However, I believe this to be one of the greatest films in the history of cinema, you need only watch the opening scene of a huge, rippling, field of corn backed by the sound of Pachelbel's Canon to decide whether you agree or disagree.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gareth@buckell26.freeserve.co.uk on 30 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser' is, quite simply, incredible. It tells the story of Kaspar, who is found in Berlin, unable to walk or talk, holding a note, having been imprisoned since birth. He arouses the curiosity of the people who attempt to teach him how to life in the outside world.
But Kaspar's problem is that, although he eventually learns how to function physically, he has no grasp of human morality. Religion seems to him ridiculous, etiquette a pointless irrelevance. This is what makes Werner Herzog's film so hard-hitting and so touching. Bruno S. turns out a wonderful performance as Hauser, and his struggle with the absurdity of the human world will make you laugh, cry, but most of all, think; the film challenges institutions and social laws which most of us take for granted, and by stripping them down through Kaspar Hauser, shows them to be absurd.
All the best movies should challenge a viewer, and Herzog's 'Enigma of Kaspar Hauser' certainly does that. Consider this film in the same way as you would a novel by Camus, Sartre or Mirbeau and you will take an awful lot away from it. Those who sneer at subtitled films are really missing out ... but they probably would have entirely missed the point of it anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pete Johnson VINE VOICE on 25 April 2013
Format: DVD
This 1974 film was directed by Werner Herzog, and starred the strange actor Bruno S, who died in 2010.
He had a difficult background, spending time in mental institutions, and this is apparent in his style of acting. This casting was perfect for the role of Kaspar, an unusual man, able to say only one phrase, which he repeats constantly. He is abandoned as a child, held prisoner in a shed, and eventually let out into the world as a child-like adult. Taken in by the local community, he becomes the ward of a kindly scholar, who helps him, and gives him an education. The film is set in 1828, and is supposedly based on a true story about just such a person.

Worth watching for Bruno S alone, though the other performances are well rendered too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Bagnall on 22 Mar 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoy Herzog as a Director and this film is one of his best of that period. enigmatic and intense
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Repulsine Klimator on 2 Nov 2009
Format: VHS Tape
I bought it and a few days later it arrived in the post. I sat down to watch it and when the film finished i thought to myself 'that was really good'.
You should watch it to
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