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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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Werner Herzog's First Feature Film: A Masterpiece 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)
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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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Additional Details

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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Trivia:
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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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Werner Herzog's First Feature Film: A Masterpiece, 29 July 2003
Author: Dracenstein from Calgary, Canada

Signs of Life is Werner Herzog's very first feature film and also one of his best. The script may have even inspired Stephen King's novel The Shining. In Signs of Life we have an injured soldier and his wife working as the caretakers of a military fortress on a Greek island. The soldier eventually goes mad with boredom and tries to kill his wife and everyone else.

Werner Herzog wrote the award winning script in 1964 and made the film in 1967 with only $20,000 at age twenty-five with a stolen 35mm movie camera. Herzog's script is amazing and all of the actors perform flawlessly. Signs of Life has great photography and a great use of Greek music and has Herzog's distinctive slow pace which may seem like torture to the average viewer who's been forced-fed a steady diet of fast food images.

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