Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 26, 2008

9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(Germany/1974) Directed by Werner Herzog

In 1828 a young man appeared in the town square of Nuremberg, his origins unknown, having apparently been kept in solitary confinement all of his life. Not long after his mysterious appearance, Kaspar Hauser was to become one of the most celebrated and controversial figures of the century, an object of fascination to poets and scientists alike. One of the most acclaimed German films of all time, Herzog’s true-life fable examines the realities of Kaspar’s extraordinary, all-too-brief life, yet uses the facts of Kaspar’s story to create a thoroughly Herzogian vision of the extreme edges of existence. At the heart of the film is the mesmerizing performance of Bruno S., a former mental patient who here becomes one of the most sympathetic and unique performers to ever appear on screen. Together, Herzog and Bruno S. treat Kaspar’s story with profound respect; Herzog’s blunt, breathtaking lyricism is as guileless and challenging as film’s his remarkable hero. Grand Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. (110 min.) Sat. at 9:30; Sun. at 4:00

“A superb movie. Herzog treats the story in stunning human and dramatic terms.” -Richard Eder, The New York Times