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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

4.0 out of 5 stars 33 ratings

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January 8, 2002
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser - The true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828. He had been held captive in a dungeon for his entire life that he could remember, and had only just been released, for reasons unknown. Who is this man, and who would want him dead?


In his widely acclaimed attempt to fathom The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, director Werner Herzog probes a real-life mystery that has puzzled German society for nearly two centuries. In the title role, Herzog ingeniously cast the equally mysterious street musician Bruno S., whose mesmerizing performance is unique in the history of film. Isolated since infancy in a dank cellar, the now-adult Kaspar is abandoned in 1820s Nuremburg by his unknown custodian; townsfolk futilely speculate on his origins, and he's shaped by a bourgeois villager who places rigid, conflicting restraints on his new and peculiar perspective on the world around him. It's telling that Herzog's preferred title is Every Man for Himself and God Against All, for this is an eerily effective cautionary tale about an innocent man of nature who moves from one prison to another in a cruelly fateful universe. The mystery lingers, making The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser a deep, resonant reflection on the nature of humanity. --Jeff Shannon

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  • Aspect Ratio : 1.77:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Director : Werner Herzog
  • Media Format : Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Release date : January 8, 2002
  • Actors : Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge, Michael Kroecher
  • Dubbed: : French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: : English
  • Producers : Werner Herzog
  • Language : German (Dolby Digital 2.0), Unqualified
  • Studio : Starz / Anchor Bay
  • ASIN : B00005R248
  • Writers : Jakob Wassermann, Werner Herzog
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 33 ratings