MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,890 this week

Signs of Life (1968)
"Lebenszeichen" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  December 1981 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 1,341 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 28 critic

On Crete, a wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet city of Kos with his wife Nora, a Greek nurse, and two other soldiers recovering from minor wounds. Billeted in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (story)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 13 Nov 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 14 Nov 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 04 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 40 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Signs of Life" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Signs of Life (1968)

Signs of Life (1968) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Signs of Life.

User Polls

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

La Soufrière (1977)
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadeloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt. Everyone has left, except for one old man who refuses to leave. Herzog ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

1984 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog about children soldiers in Nicaragua. The film focuses on a group of Miskito Indians who used children soldiers in their resistance against the Sandinistas.

Directors: Werner Herzog, Denis Reichle
Stars: Werner Herzog, Denis Reichle
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

About the daring adventure of exploring rainforest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Graham Dorrington, Dieter Plage
Herdsmen of the Sun (TV Short 1989)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Herzog's documentary of the Wodaabe people of the Sahara/Sahel region. Particular attention is given to the tribe's spectacular courtship rituals and 'beauty pageants', where eligible young... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo
My Best Fiend (1999)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary examining Bokassa's rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Michael Goldsmith, Werner Herzog, Augustine Assemat
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Bells from the Deep is German director Werner Herzog's documentary investigation of Russian mysticism... See full synopsis »

Director: Werner Herzog
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Werner Herzog
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The film features several horse trainers and other track workers talking about their roles at the track, always eventually interrupted by an older man who claims to be the true authority, ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Petar Radenkovic, Mario Adorf, Hans Tiedemann
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Brogle ...
Stroszek
Wolfgang Reichmann ...
Meinhard
Athina Zacharopoulou ...
Nora
Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg ...
Becker
Wolfgang Stumpf ...
Captain
Henry van Lyck ...
Lieutenant
Julio Pinheiro ...
Gypsy
Florian Fricke ...
Pianist
Heinz Usener ...
Doctor
Achmed Hafiz ...
Greek resident
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jannakis Frasakis
Eleni Katerinaki
Edit

Storyline

On Crete, a wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet city of Kos with his wife Nora, a Greek nurse, and two other soldiers recovering from minor wounds. Billeted in a decaying fortress, they guard a munitions depot. There's little to do: Becker, a classicist, translates inscriptions on ancient tablets found in the fortress, Meinhart devises traps for cockroaches, Nora helps Stroszek make fireworks using gunpowder from grenades in the depot. Slowly, in the heat and torpor, Stroszek goes mad, drives the others from the fortress, and threatens the city with blowing up the depot. With care, the German command must figure out how to get him down. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

December 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Signs of Life  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

DEM 25,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The screenplay is based on a story by (Ludwig) Achim von Arnim, which he wrote in 1818 and is called "Der tolle Invalide auf dem Fort Ratonneau" (The Mad Invalid at Fort Rattoneau). Until 1997 it was the only story written by Arnim that was previously translated into English. See more »

Quotes

Young Child: Now that I can talk, what shall I say?
See more »

Connections

Featured in The South Bank Show: Werner Herzog (1982) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
My favorite Herzog
22 November 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film in 1969 in Bangalore (India) in a German film festival. The film was unheralded, being the first feature from an unknown director. However, the film made an everlasting impression on me, and I considered it among 2 or 3 of the best films I had seen till then. I kept track of Werner Herzog films ever since, and have been seeing them all I could lay my hands on. Even today, I'll put it as among the 10 best films I have ever seen, and it remains my favorite Herzog movie. The film is sheer poetry. It's a film about 3 characters'(2 soldiers and wife of one of them) boredom in an isolated Greek island, and how each one handles it. While one of the soldiers snaps up at the end, and tries to destroy everything in his impotent fury - managing only to kill a donkey ultimately - the second soldier keeps himself and first soldier's wife sane by just being raucously funny. I found the story, direction, camera-work and acting fascinating,and far from boring, as suggested by some reviews. I believe, Herzog has been influenced by India's Satyajit Ray in his style of presentation. He is one of the 3 most uncompromising film directors of the world in last 50 years, the other 2 being Ingmar Bergman and Robert Bresson, and his first feature is among his best.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Stroszek thecucumberninja
Discuss Signs of Life (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?