The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 15, 1974
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The conflict between logic and the unknowable is as fascinating and exciting for us as it clearly is for Herzog.

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David Keyes

In a world where the universe is meant to crush our aspirations, seldom has there been a film made that has been so honest about such ideas, or as poetic.

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Peter Bradshaw

An unmissable film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A lyrical film about the least lyrical of men.

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Anton Bitel
New Empress Magazine

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.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A great among greats. Bruno S's performance is surely one of the best ever?

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Richard Eder
New York Times

Every Man is a superb movie because Mr. Herzog has managed to treat the fable in stunning human and dramatic terms.

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Catherine Shoard
Observer (UK)

A compassionate, traumatic masterpiece, every frame amazing.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

One of [Herzog's] two or three finest films, not to mention surely his most humane.

Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
This is an astounding film that truly brings you into the world of this unique character, who was indeed a real person. You can easily wiki Kaspar Hauser to… More
Elvira B
I am officially a Herzog junkie. That said, here's my totally elated review of The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. The story here told is true, and that alone… More
Robert C
A slow methodical look at the story of this mysterious "foundling" of German folk lore. A man (I believe the real Kaspar was only 17?) who having… More
Robert Brogan
Kaspar Hauser is fascinating. The film is rife with symbolism that one can just as well leave open. Indeed, the original story is itself mysterious. The… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The stars alone are for Bruno S and his extraodinary performance as Kaspar Hauser. A man raised in a prison, just to be released to the big prison that is… More
Kyle Meisch
A curious little film.