Film Info: Jeder fuer sich und Gott gegen alle

Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, The: Every Man for Himself and God Against All (Jeder fuer sich und Gott gegen alle)

Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, The: Every Man for Himself and God Against All
Scene from "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" (photo © Werner Herzog Film, photo courtesy of Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek/Filmmuseum Berlin)

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser is based upon the true and mysterious story of a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note. He later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life and had only just been released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results.


Werner Herzog was born in 1942 and has produced, written and directed more than 60 films, published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. A selection of his films includes: EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL (AUCH ZWERGE HABEN KLEIN ANGEFANGEN, 1970), LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (LAND DES SCHWEIGENS UND DER DUNKELHEIT, 1971), FATA MORGANA (1971), AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD (AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES, 1972), EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL (JEDER FUER SICH UND GOTT GEGEN ALLE, 1974), HEART OF GLASS (HERZ AUS GLAS, 1976), LA SOUFRIÈRE (1977), STROSZEK (1977), WOYZECK (1979), NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE (NOSFERATU: PHANTOM DER NACHT, 1979), FITZCARRALDO (1982), WHERE THE GREEN ANTS DREAM (WO DIE GRUENEN AMEISEN TRAEUMEN, 1984), COBRA VERDE (1988), ECHOES FROM A SOMBRE EMPIRE (ECHOS AUS EINEM DUESTEREN REICH , 1990), SCREAM OF STONE (SCHREI AUS STEIN, 1991), LESSONS OF DARKNESS (LEKTIONEN IN FINSTERNIS, 1992), BELLS FROM THE DEEP (GLOCKEN AUS DER TIEFE, 1993), MY BEST FIEND (MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND - KLAUS KINSKI, 1999), INVINCIBLE (2001), TEN MINUTES OLDER: THE TRUMPET (2002), WHEEL OF TIME (RAD DER ZEIT, 2003), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), RESCUE DAWN (2006), ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), BAD LIEUTENANT (2009), MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE (2009), THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (DIE HÖHLE DER VERGESSENEN TRÄUME, 2010), and INTO THE ABYSS (2011).
Genre History, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1974
Director Werner Herzog
Screenplay Werner Herzog
Cinematography Joerg Schmidt Reitwein
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
Popol Vuh, Johann Pachebel, Orlando di Lasso, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Henning von Gierke
Cast Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Hans Musaeus, Willy Semmelrogge, Henry van Lyck, Bruno S., Wolfgang Bauer, Michael Kroecher, Enno Patalas, Elis Pilgrim, Volker Prechtl, Gloria Doer, Helmut Doering, Kidlat Tahimik, Andi Gottwald, Herbert Achternbusch, Walter Steiner, Florian Fricke, Clemens Schlitz, Johannes Buzalski, Willy Meyer-Fuerst
Producer Werner Herzog
Production Company Werner Herzog Film/Vienna, in cooperation with ZDF/Mainz
Length 109 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Cannes 1975, Chicago 1975
Awards 3 German Film Awards 1975, Special Prize of the Jury & OCIC Award Cannes 1975, Interfilm Prize Chicago 1975, Silver Hugo Cocteau Award 1975
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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