Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser

Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser

Director: Werner Herzog

Cast: Bruno S., Brigitte Mira, Walter Ladengast

     
 

Werner Herzog's stylish drama The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.77:1. The German soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track fromSee more details below

Overview

Werner Herzog's stylish drama The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.77:1. The German soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track from Herzog, a biography of the director, and a theatrical trailer. This is welcome release from Anchor Bay. The disc is good enough, and the extras make it worthwhile for anybody with an interest in world cinema.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Visionary New German Cinema director Werner Herzog's U.S. breakthrough, Jeder für Sich und Gott Gegen Alle or The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser is a poignant, visually exquisite allegory of how civilization breeds despair. Based on a true story similar to the case in François Truffaut's The Wild Child (1970), Herzog's rendering of isolated, preverbal foundling Kaspar Hauser's release into the world as an adult reveals the perverse effects of "rational" thought and culture on natural, soulful innocence. While the painterly landscapes and lustrous dream images of deserts, mountains, lakes, and a golden, wind-swept field underline the beauty and wonder of the natural world outside his cellar, the limits imposed by language and the absurd urge to codify all experience become a "hard fall" to earth for the instinctually insightful and inadvertently threatening Kaspar. Along with Herzog's odd angles and compositions, former mental patient Bruno S.'s ethereal, evocatively affectless performance as Kaspar makes him both endearing and strange, emphasizing his impossible place in 19th century society. Enhancing Herzog's burgeoning reputation as an intense iconoclast after Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival and became an international success.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
UPC:
0013131156799
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with writer/producer/director Werner Herzog and Norman HIll; Theatrical trailer; Werner Herzog bio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruno S. Kaspar Hauser
Brigitte Mira Servant
Walter Ladengast Professor Daumer
Herbert Achternbush Actor
Johannes Buzalski Police Officer
Alfred Edel Logic Professor
Reinhard Hauff Farmer
Clemens Scheitz Registrar
Florian Fricke M. Florian
Michael Kroecher Lord Stanhope
Hans Musaus Unknown Man
Enno Patalas Pastor Fuhrmann
Volker Prechtel Hiltel, the Prison Guard
Willy Semmelrogge Circus director
Kidlat Tahimik Hombrecito
Henry van Lyck Calvary Captain
Herbert Fritsch Mayor

Technical Credits
Werner Herzog Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Henning Von Gierke Production Designer
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus Editor
Orlando di Lasso Score Composer
Ann Poppel Costumes/Costume Designer
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein Cinematographer
Gisela Storch Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/The Legend [2:46]
2. Main Titles [3:31]
3. Introduction to Writing [3:28]
4. First Steps [5:44]
5. "Father Was Before Me" [3:44]
6. Letter to the Captain [3:43]
7. The Foundling [7:42]
8. Table Manners [6:01]
9. Anatomy Lesson [3:34]
10. Trial by Fire [4:19]
11. Touch of Innocence [3:07]
12. The Four Riddles of the Spheres [7:43]
13. Runaways [2:49]
14. The Prodigy [4:09]
15. Faith [3:30]
16. Beginnings and Endings [3:37]
17. Dreamer [4:12]
18. A Problem of Logic [4:34]
19. High Society [5:51]
20. Concerto [3:53]
21. The Assault [4:07]
22. Kaspar's Vision [4:04]
23. Requiem [3:59]
24. The Caravan and the Desert [5:42]
25. Autopsy [3:27]

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