GER24 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

GER24 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

GER24 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of this fascinating tale, a gripping retelling of a true story that follows a disturbed youth who finds favour in 19th Century high society. The film introduces Kaspar (played by Bruno S.), a young man who spent his entire life in isolation, locked in a cellar with minimal human contact. Upon his release into society, Kaspar struggles to adapt, navigating a world he has never known.

Bruno S.'s captivating performance captures Kaspar's innocence and bewilderment, as he encounters the complexities of language, social interactions, and cultural norms. The film explores Kaspar's mysterious origins and the impact of his abrupt entry into civilization.

Delving into themes of identity, societal norms, and the human capacity for cruelty and kindness, Herzog's distinct visual style and the evocative score contribute to the film's haunting atmosphere.

Inviting reflection on the human condition and the dichotomy between the purity of a sheltered existence and the harsh realities of the external world, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser stands as a poignant and visually striking work in Herzog's filmography.

WINNER - Grand Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cannes Film Festival 1975
WINNER - Best Editing, Best Production Design, German Film Awards 1975

“An unmissable film.” - The Guardian
Rating: M
Runtime: 110 mins

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