The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Filmfest 2007

THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER The most famous of Herzog’s romantic allegories, the story, based on truth, is about a foundling kept apart from all human contact before being left one day in 1828 in the middle of Nurnberg city square... Several attempts were made to kill him and he was finally mortally injured by a stab wound in the chest five years later. His origins were never discovered and the hostility towards him never explained. Kaspar’s release from the confines of his underground prison allows him to see for the first time the beauties of the natural universe. But society’s attempt to tame him shows that man, not nature, is the trouble... Kaspar Hauser is one of the most fascinating of films. At his best, Herzog is like no other film-maker I know. Derek Malcolm, Guardian Unlimited, Oct. 28, 1999

tags: Feature film

Cast: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Enno Patalas, Willy Semmelrogge

Credits

Director: Werner Herzog