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1 November 1974 (West Germany) See more »
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Bruno S. ... Kaspar Hauser
Walter Ladengast ... Professor Daumer
Brigitte Mira ... Kathe, Servant
Willy Semmelrogge ... Circus director
Michael Kroecher ... Lord Stanhope
Hans Musäus ... Unknown Man
Henry van Lyck ... Cavalry Captain
Gloria Doer ... Frau Hiltel

Volker Prechtel ... Hiltel the prison guard
Herbert Achternbusch ... Bavarian Chicken Hypnotizer
Wolfgang Bauer
Wilhelm Bayer ... Taunting Farmboy
Franz Brumbach

Johannes Buzalski
Helmut Döring ... Little King
Alfred Edel ... Professor
Florian Fricke ... Florian
Heribert Fritsch
Peter Gebhart
Andi Gottwald ... Young Mozart
Reinhard Hauff
Otto Heinzle
Kidlat Tahimik ... Hombrecito
Dorothea Kraft
Willy Meyer-Fuerst ... Coroner (as Dr. Willy Meyer - Fürst)
Heinz H. Niemöller ... Coroner (as Dr. Heinz H. Niemöller)
Enno Patalas ... Pastor Fuhrmann
Walter Pflum ... Coroner (as Dr. Walter Pflum)
Volker Elis Pilgrim ... Pastor (as Elis Pilgrim)
Clemens Scheitz ... Scribe
Peter-Udo Schönborn

Walter Steiner ... Taunting Farmboy
Marcus Weller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benedikt Kuby ... Wine Server (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Writing credits
Werner Herzog (book)

Jakob Wassermann  uncredited

Produced by
Werner Herzog .... producer
Cinematography by
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
Production Design by
Henning von Gierke 
Costume Design by
Ann Poppel (costumes)
Gisela Storch (costumes)
Makeup Department
Susanne Schröder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Walter Saxer .... production manager
Joschi Arpa .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benedikt Kuby .... assistant director
Sound Department
Haymo Heyder .... sound (as Haymo Henry Heyder)
Peter van Anft .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Gunter Freyse .... still photographer
Mike Gast .... assistant camera (as Michael Gast)
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein .... camera
Klaus Wyborny .... second camera operator
Dietmar Zander .... lighting
Lucki Stipetic .... photographer: dream panorama (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Marta Lederer .... assistant editor
Willi Segler .... editorial staff
Location Management
Christian Weisenborn .... location manager
Music Department
Bruno S. .... musician: piano improvisation (uncredited)
Other crew
Joschi Arpa .... production assistant (as Joschi N. Arpa)
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer .... production secretary
Feli Sommer .... script supervisor
Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg .... co-worker (as Wolfgang v. Ungern-Sternberg)
Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg .... assistant script supervisor (uncredited)
Lotte Eisner .... to, and all those who were forced to leave Germany

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Also Known As:
"Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle" - West Germany (original title)
"Every Man for Himself and God Against All" - International (English title) (literal English title)
"The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser" - International (English title) (dubbed version)
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110 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Italy:T | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating: subtitled) (re-release) (2013) | UK:PG (video rating: new subtitle track) (2005) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (1995) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12 (bw)
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Werner Herzog's said at his Rogue Film School, that the following scenes were shot with a Super-8mm camera: a) The opening scene on the river. b) The montage of landscape shots early in the film. c) Right after the man in black teaches Kaspar how to walk. d) The Caucasus pyramid sequence. e) The caravan in the desert with the old man tasting the sand. Herzog talked about how, for some of the landscape shots early in the film, he mounted a telephoto lens on the end of wide angle lens onto his Super 8 camera. This distorted the edges of the images and created a white/halo effect around the frame. On the DVD audio commentary of this film, he mentions how for the Caucasus pyramid sequence he projected the image onto a screen and then re-photographed the image with a 35mm camera at a different frame rate from the projected speed. He also used this technique with the caravan in the desert sequence.See more »
Anachronisms: In the autopsy scene, the operating table is equipped with an exhaust pipe which is white and smooth. It looks like plastic, because no material of that era could have a similar appearance, also the pipes at that time were made of lead.See more »
Kaspar Hauser:Nothing lives less in me than my life.See more »
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Referenced in "Uga Uga" (2000)See more »


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53 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
The mystery of Kaspar Hauser, 7 November 2006
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL (Werner Herzog - West Germany 1974).

Lacking a traditional narrative or dramatic structure and full of obscure images, this film feels more like a hypnotic dreamlike experience. It also features one the more enduring trends in Herzog's work: the featuring of individuals with exceptional physical or psychological conditions.

The film is based on the true story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appears on the market square in the German town of Nuremberg in 1828. This strange occurrence has become one of the most enduring inspirations in German history, literature and science, with well over a thousand books written on the case. When Kaspar Hauser was found, he could barely grunt, let alone speak and caused a minor sensation among the locals. After living in a cellar for years with only a pet rocking horse, he is abandoned by his protector and provider, the mysterious "Man in Black." Having been isolated from all humans except his mysterious protector, Kaspar is suddenly thrust into civilization, and is expected to adapt himself to 19th-century society. He becomes a public spectacle and everyone in town lines up to catch a glimpse of him. Soon the local officials in town decide he is too much of a (costly) burden and, in an attempt to profit from the public interest, he is turned over to a circus ringmaster, where he is added to the local carnival freak show, as one of "The Four Riddles of the Spheres." The other three include "a midget king", "A little Mozart" (an autistic or catatonic child), and a lute playing "savage". When Hauser comes under the tutelage of a sympathetic professor (Walter Ladengast), he gradually acquires an impressive degree of socialization and learns to express himself with a reasonable degree of clarity, but most of society's conventions, manners and thoughts is more the young man is able to adjust to.

Herzog adopted a technique of incorporating film material shot by others filmmakers into the film. Early on in the film, just before Kaspar is found on the town square, Herzog used material shot on super 8 of a Bavarian landscape and the town of Dinkelsbühl, that was almost disposed off, but Herzog thought it would be ideal for his film. These grainy shots, accompanied by a requiem of Orlando DiLasso, make for one of the most haunting images I've ever seen on film. Dream sequences are another important aspect in this film. In one of them, Kaspar Hauser has dream images of the Sahara desert, for which Herzog used material he shot in the Western Sahara on earlier occasions. I don't know of any other director who used this technique to such avail up until now. One of the most stunning scenes is when the "Man in black" leaves him with the shot on the mountain and soon after the music with the requiem starts. It's almost like a romantic twist on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Herzog has done a fantastic job recounting the legend of Kaspar Hauser to the screen. The casting of Bruno S. in the role of Kaspar Hauser is of particular interest. He was a street artist in Berlin, when Herzog found him and decided he would be ideal to play the role of Kaspar Hauser. Before this, Bruno S. had a troubled past. After being severely beaten by his mother, he became deaf and was placed in an institution for retarded children at the age of three. At nine, when he tried to escape, he was transferred to a correctional institution. With further escape attempts, he amassed a number of criminal offenses and was incarcerated for more than twenty years. The authenticity of Bruno's performance brings such an element of sincerity to the film, that makes it almost impossible not to root for his cause. Bruno S. also starred in Herzog's STROSZEK (1976).

Camera Obscura --- 10/10

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