The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All)
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All)
German director Werner Herzog's internationally acclaimed "breakthrough" film is based on the famous story of mysterious 19th-century child genius Kasper Hauser. As played by Bruno S., Hauser shows up unannounced in the middle of a village square, frightening the populace with his bizarre behavior. He cannot talk, nor is there any indication of his parentage, thus Kaspar is immediately the object of close scrutiny from the authorities. When he finally does develop the power of speech, he reveals a highly advanced state of intelligence, as well as a seeming gift of prophecy. The… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The conflict between logic and the unknowable is as fascinating and exciting for us as it clearly is for Herzog."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"typically, Herzog is more preoccupied with anthropological issues, casting his pre-cultural everyman into a world of social pretence, academic pomposity and dehumanising exploitation, and seeing what comes out of the ensuing confrontations."
‑ Anton Bitel, New Empress Magazine
"A great among greats. Bruno S's performance is surely one of the best ever?"
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"The drive toward domestication is the drive toward death in Herzog's haunting fable, a travesty of uplifting dramas to go with Aguirre's travesty of swashbuckling epics"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"There is a profound philosophy at the base of Kasper Hauser: How does emotional growth occur, deprived of any foreign influence, sociological, familial or otherwise?"
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A lyrical film about the least lyrical of men."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A compassionate, traumatic masterpiece, every frame amazing."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Observer [UK]
"One of [Herzog's] two or three finest films, not to mention surely his most humane."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's a very odd story but Herzog brings it across with a touching human side and a refreshing lack of sentimentality."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser achieves timelessness through its satire and its sensibilities seem less stodgy than in most period films."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Every Man is a superb movie because Mr. Herzog has managed to treat the fable in stunning human and dramatic terms."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"An unmissable film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Stories of humans raised in the wild range from Tarzan to Mama, but none compare to the resonance of Werner Herzog's 1974 film."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Stuffed with obscure images and silent passages of profound, frightening insight."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The film has turgid stretches, but this flaw is largely overwhelmed by compositions which are meaningful and hypnotic, and a startling performance from Bruno S as poor Kaspar."
‑ Michael Thomson, BBC