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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.
Genre History, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1974
Director Werner Herzog
Screenplay Werner Herzog
Cinematography Joerg Schmidt Reitwein
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Orlando di Lasso, Popol Vuh, Johann Pachebel
Henning von Gierke
Cast 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, Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Hans Musaeus, Willy Semmelrogge, Henry van Lyck, Bruno S., Wolfgang Bauer, Willy Meyer-Fuerst
Producer Werner Herzog
Production Company Werner Herzog Film/Vienna, in cooperation with ZDF
Runtime 109 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Cannes 1975, Chicago 1975, Hong Kong 2018
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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