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5.0 out of 5 stars Every man for himself..., 15 Dec 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Enigma of Kaspar Hauser [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Every Man For Himself and God Against All aka The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser is a prime slice of pre-nutter-in-the-jungle Werner Herzog and makes an interesting companion piece to Truffaut's L'Enfant Sauvage/The Wild Child. Where Truffaut used his true story of a foundling more animal than boy as proof of the human soul, Herzog uses the real-life mystery of Hauser as a means of showing that society's accepted way of looking at the world may not necessarily be the most valid - as demonstrated when Hauser's contention that apples are tired is seemingly proved by the inability of his guardian to demonstrate that they are inanimate objects subject to man's will.

Thanks as much to a truly alien performance from Bruno S. in the lead role - he really does seem to have suddenly fallen to Earth and not recovered from the shock - as to Herzog's unique mixture of the restrained and the hypnotic in his approach, the end result is one of those films that's definitely greater than the sum of its parts.

Extras include a fine audio commentary by Herzog, production notes and trailer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRAORDINARY, 13 Mar 2006
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Robin Simmons (Palm Springs area, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Enigma of Kaspar Hauser [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Extraordinary.
One of the few, great masterpieces of world cinema.
Not many movies are perfect but this one is. Bruno S (a former mental patient?) as the enigmatic and charismatic Kaspar makes no false moves. Watch his eyes.
This film works on all levels. As drama, as art and as great story telling. Exceptional cinematography and a great score work to underscore the startling tale. The fact that it is based on a historical incident allows for immediate suspension of disbelief.
But what's best about this film for me (and I agree with the first several reviewers) is that it has a subtext or sublime theme that is timeless, immediate and authentic (a rarity in movies today). What does it mean to be alive and truly awake? What does it mean to be human, to dream and to wonder?
Don't miss this one if you get a chance to see it. Surrender to the slow pace because you are in good hands. It is beautiful and disturbing and will haunt your dreams. Herzog's masterpiece.
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