The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (PG)
10 August 2013
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser is based on the true story of a young man who was discovered living an essentially feral existence outside of Nuremberg in the early 19th century. However, writer-directorWerner Herzog’s treatment of the tale is haunting and dream-like rather than realistic. For Herzog, Kaspar Hauser is the ultimate outsider who is unable and unwilling to adapt to the demands of civilization – demands which the film ultimately depicts as absurd. Featuring a central performance of remarkable intensity by Bruno S., whose own background was not too dissimilar from Hauser’s, and some of the most extraordinary imagery you are ever likely to see, this is one of the rare films that genuinely deserves to be called visionary. A landmark in New German Cinema and arguably this director’s finest two hours, it also thoroughly earns that other overused description:masterpiece.