The enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The enigma of Kaspar Hauser

DVD - 2001 | German
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Based on a real historical event, this is the story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who appeared in a small German town in 1820 after having lived in total isolation from humans since birth. He is taught to speak, read, and write by townspeople, but is then mysteriously murdered.
Publisher: Troy, MI : Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2001
Description: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Enig


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Sep 08, 2017

The real-life tale of Kaspar Hauser is one of the great unsolvable mysteries of the last two hundred centuries. For such a story, no one is more qualified to bring this fascinating character to the big screen than director Werner Herzog. His gamble on Bruno S., a street musician who had never acted before, to play the title role was a stroke of destiny. The German filmmaker let the actor go with his primal instincts and often shot scenes in just one take. "The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser" captures the bizarre world of daily life and the search of an amazing soul looking for purpose. {The original name for this picture didn't survive long after its initial release in Germany. Imagine trying to figure out what kind of story comes with a designation like "Every Man For Himself And God Against All." Thankfully, the director realized a simpler name was necessary; and so, the official title is now "The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser."}

lotuslori_8 Sep 08, 2017

Like many Cannes award winning films, I found it completely baffling why it won. I thought the plot was disjointed, the acting bad and the movie did not evoke any empathy for Kasper. I also thought the actor playing Kasper was a bit old to be considered a young man.

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