Signs of Life
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A soldier is assigned to guard a fortress on a remote Greek island and finds himself unable to cope with the crushing boredom of the task in this interesting drama, an early film by renowned-director Werner Herzog. The story is set during WWII and concerns a soldier who was wounded and stationed on the Nazi-controlled island. He is accompanied by his wife and two other guards. It is a very quiet island and soon the men begin looking for constructive things to do. First they paint houses. Then they try raising goats. One of them finds a small stockpile of explosives, so the men begin making… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a writer-director in his feature film effort, Mr. Herzog has failed to make his harried hero's case or his parable believable. Otherwise, his Signs of Life provides vivid signs of considerable talent and promise."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Signs of Life is more controlled, more fully-formed than many of Herzog's later, madly grasping, exploratory masterworks, but it's a true work of greatness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Herzog in his debut already displays a boundless curiosity for the world around him"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Stroszek's motivations are as enigmatic as those of the windmills: the emphatic reversal of Kubrick's nasty, gorgeous joke."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Exhibits the director's off-kilter sense of the absurd."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Herzog's characters exhibited many bizarre human touches."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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