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)
This film is based on the famous story of mysterious 19th-century child genius Kasper Hauser. Hauser shows up unannounced in the middle of a village square. He cannot talk, nor is there any indication of his parentage. When he develops the power of speech, he reveals a highly advanced intelligence.

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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,
"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
"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,