The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

  • 1974
  • Directed By: Werner Herzog
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 110 Minutes
  1. Sunday, September 16, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film The Enigma of Kasper Hauser
Kaspar Hauser lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a dark cellar, to emerge in Nuremberg as if he had fallen from another planet. He has no concept of this world, but is rescued by a man who attempts to transform him through education, religion and music. Because of his unorthodox approach to religion and logic, Hauser remains an outcast. Based on a true story, Werner Herzog’s lead character was formed from actual letters found with Hauser, as well as from the essence of his extraordinary, untrained actor, Bruno Schleinstein, whose own life shared similarities with that of Kaspar. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.
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