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Director:
Writers:
Werner Herzog (writer)
Achim von Arnim (story)
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Release Date:
December 1981 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
On Crete, a wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet city of Kos with his wife Nora... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Signs of Life is pure cinema See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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

Werner Herzog ... Soldat (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Werner Herzog  writer
Achim von Arnim  story

Produced by
Werner Herzog .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stavros Xarhakos 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Mauch 
 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
 
Production Management
Nicholas Triandafyllidis .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martje Grohmann .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Herbert Prasch .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dietrich Lohmann .... assistant camera
Bettina von Waldthausen .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Maximiliane Mainka .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ina Fritsche .... continuity
 

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Also Known As:
"Lebenszeichen" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Director Cameo: [Werner Herzog]one the soldiers at the beginning of the film that transports Stoszek to the hospital.See more »
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Young Child:Now that I can talk, what shall I say?See more »
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Signs of Life is pure cinema, 24 August 1999
Author: buscemi-11 from Los Angeles

Signs of Life is one of the purest cinematic experiences in the history of film. For those unused to slow moving, simple stories the movie will probably seem painfully dull. The first time I saw it I was nearly driven crazy by the pace. It was my first Herzog movie and I was unused to movies that operated outside the Hollywood formula. But that feeling of going crazy is exactly what Herzog is trying to bring you to understand. He gets inside the boredom of his principal characters so that you viscerally understand what they are going through. When one of them finally snaps -- you understand. The visual poetry of this film will live with me forever. Herzog more than any director alive understands that a picture is worth a thousand words.

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