The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Synopsis: Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note; he later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could remember, and only recently was he released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results.
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: New Yorker Films
  5 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

No, don't. Leave him be.

You can see it's no use.

He seems to be

not quite all right in the head.

He's coming around...

Your name!

Should I report

that he refuses to talk?

Yes, name unknown.

Where are you from?

And his passport?

Gallant rider...


Where were you born?

He says he comes from Regensburg.

From Regensburg.

The intelligence of this man is

in a state of absolute confusion.

There's nothing to be

gained by police interrogation.

Should I take that down?

Nothing to be gained

by police interrogation, yes.

Refuses to answer.

He refuses to answer!

Right, and what do we do now?

Maybe he's hungry?

It's worth a try.

Lay him down again!

Spits out food!

Spat out food...

Let's have a look at his feet.

I say, those are old boots.

Those boots have very old toes!

Bleeding of the toes, scabs...

Indicates a long period of...

Feet extremely tender...

Both feet show same indications...

...of extreme tenderness.

Aha, vaccination marks!

The foundling seems to be

of the higher orders!

Foundling, yes, get that down.

Upper arm injured...

What was this injury caused by?

By a blunt instrument, I'd say.

Blunt instrument, I'd say.

The same marks here, and here...

Put that down!

A prayer book!

Entitled "Spiritual Forget-me-nots".

Beautiful and Devoted

Morning Prayers for Faithful Souls.

The other book...

...a printed treatise entitled

'Six Deep and Devotional Prayers'.

Put under 'other things'...

A four-cornered,

folded square of paper, containing...

...yes, a small quantity

of gold dust, or gold leaf.

Put that with the other things.

Then a rosary...rosary.

A rosary with a metal cross.

With the other things.

Under the circumstances,

this man should be taken into custody!

Put that down, word for word.

A pencil!

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Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German screenwriter, film director, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. Herzog's films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular." He was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2009. more…

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