The recent release of the documentary Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer and the BFI Southbank’s retrospective has stimulated a renewed interest in the famous director’s films. Buxton Film did consider screening the extraordinary Fitzcaraldo but, due to its length, opted for this seminal 1975 film that won the Grand Prix Spécial du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival that year. The film closely follows the real story of foundling Kaspar Hauser, who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar, devoid of all human contact except for a man, wearing a black overcoat and top hat, who fed him. One day, in 1828, the man takes Hauser out of his cell, teaches him a few phrases, and how to walk, before leaving him in the town of Nuremberg. Hauser becomes the subject of much curiosity and is exhibited in a circus before being rescued by Professor Georg Friedrich Daumer, who patiently attempts to transform him.
Cast: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira
Director: Werner Herzog