Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he can not control.

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Eva Mattes ...
Marie
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Captain
Willy Semmelrogge ...
Doctor
Josef Bierbichler ...
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Paul Burian ...
Andres
Volker Prechtel ...
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Dieter Augustin ...
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Irm Hermann ...
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Wolfgang Bächler ...
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Herbert Fux ...
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Thomas Mettke
Maria Mettke
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Everything in town appears calm, placid, lovely. But Woyzeck, a rifleman assigned as an orderly, hears voices -- the times are out of joint, at least in his cosmos. To his captain, Woyzeck is a comic marvel: ignorant but courageous, full of energy to little purpose. To a local doctor, Woyzeck is a curiosity, the object of cruel study. Woyzeck, 40, has a young wife, Marie, and a small child. He dotes on them, but Marie, even though she has periods of guilt and remorse, carries on affairs and flirtations. When the captain lets drop broad hints of Woyzeck's being a cuckold, his inner demons and the voices of the spheres take over. Will madness bring action? Of what sort? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the opening credits scenes we see Woyzeck being coerced into conducting a series of military drills by the drill instructor. Woyzeck has his rifle slung over his left shoulder. This is incorrect as it should be on his right shoulder. Additionally, he also brings his "rifle down" to the incorrect side. The Prussian Army shouldered their rifles on the right shoulder (facing front). See more »

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Marie: [to her man during a fight] I'd rather have a knife in my body than your hand on me.
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Klaus Kinski is Perfect as Tormented Solider
25 September 2000 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

Klaus Kinski gives a couragous effort that deserved an Oscar for Best Actor in 1979. Woyzeck(1979) deals with a lower level solider who's clinging to the small amount of sanity left in him. The film is competently done by Werner Herzog. The motion Picture comes on the heels of Herzog's Nosferatu(1979). Its one of the best films by Werner Herzog that isn't as notorious as films like Fitzcarraldo(1982), Aguirre:The Wrath of God(1974), and The Mystery of Kaspar Hausar(1975).

There is a murder in the movie that's worthy of the shower scene in Psycho(1960). Woyzeck(1979) follows a few themes that were prominent in Herzog's debut Signs of Life(1967). The fast motion scene at the beginning is marvolous. Klaus Kinski was really being kicked around in the opening scene. Klaus Kinski did such a great job at his realistic portrayal that the actor almost ended up like the main character.


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