Directed by Werner Herzog and released in it’s home country of Germany in 1974.
This film did nothing short of blow me away. Absolutely splendid film, directed with absolute precision by Werner Herzog and acted out by the incredible Bruno S. After seeing Bruno in Stroszek I was wondering if he could better that performance, and now I know.
The cinematography here is just marvellous. The dream sequences (even though there are very few) add elements of surrealism to this incredibly surreal drama about a man who was imprisoned for 30 or so years by his father and then abandoned in a nearby town when his father was financially incapable of looking after him any more.
The story follows Kasper Hauser as the community he has been thrust upon tries to integrate him into society – as well as helping him to talk, walk, read and write among a heap of other things.
The beauty of Bruno S.’s performance really pulls you into the film. And the ending, I won’t even go into it I just urge everyone to see this as soon as possible. Easily in my top 15 of all time.