Department of Germanic Studies

The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser

Werner Herzog, 1974

Tue, October 23, 2012 | BUR 208

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Kaspar Hauser
Kaspar Hauser

The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser

German director Werner Herzog's internationally acclaimed "breakthrough" film is based on the famous story of mysterious 19th-century child genius Kasper Hauser. Played by Bruno S., Hauser shows up unannounced in the middle of a village square, frightening the populace with his bizarre behavior. He cannot talk, nor is there any indication of his parentage. Kaspar is immediately the object of close scrutiny from the authorities. When he finally does develop the power of speech, he reveals a highly advanced state of intelligence, as well as a seeming gift of prophecy. This film was the winner of the 1975 Grand Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. (approx. 110 minutes)

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