Every Man For Himself And God Against All (1974)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Original title:  Jeder Fur Sich Und Gott Gegen Allen–Kaspar Hauser

Alternate title:  The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser, The Mystery Of Kaspar Hauser

West Germany, 1974.  , , .  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Werner Herzog.  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1975

Fascinating study of a primitive man thrust into so-called ‘modern’ society. Purportedly based on a true story, Kaspar Hauser is discovered living in a secluded barn in which he has lived his entire life. After being rescued by a local nobleman, the wild child is introduced to the society around him, is educated and becomes a matter of fascination and curiosity for the people who come into contact with him. Herzog cast an unprofessional actor named , a mentally hazy street person (allegedly) who is quite the natural in the lead role. What marks it apart from most other fish-out-of-water stories of its ilk is the very subtle tenderness that underlies every scene, a delicacy rarely found in the German master’s other films. Not for all tastes, but certainly unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.

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