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

 -  Drama  -  December 1981 (USA)
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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 »

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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
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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>

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Werner Herzog's first feature film. See more »

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Herzog's Speeds: Slow, Slower, Slowest
6 February 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I admire this film very much - however, I don't much like it. Herzog attempts to cause the audience to relate to the boredom suffered by three pathetic german troops stranded on the Greek island of Kos during WWII. Herzog succeeds too well. I was able to relate far too well to the main character slipping into madness from boredom. A beautiful, but utterly boring film. What more is there to say?


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