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Woyzeck (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 August 1979 (USA)
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 ...
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Andres
Volker Prechtel ...
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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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The entire 80-minute film was shot with only 27 cuts. See more »

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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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Herzog + Klinski = Reason to learn German
3 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I will not be doing so, but neither subtitles nor a literal understanding of the German language is necessary to appreciate this great "little" movie. As in his documentaries, Herzog displays an uncanny ability to transport the viewer into a setting in a way that conveys the often surreal experience one finds in real life itself without any artifice of production or staging. The use of music in a conspicuously sparing yet powerful and constructive way as a tool to drive both plot and emotion is a classic hallmark of Herzog's work that other directors would do well to employ instead of the modern tendency to add a complete musical background or pop music product placement throughout a film. Klaus Kinski's performance is nothing short of brilliant. His facial & bodily expression in this film could by itself be the material for an entire master class in acting. Every other character could have been substituted with stand-up cardboard cut-outs and their dialogue read by a narrator and Kinski would have made the film just as compelling. This is not a criticism in any way of the other acting performances in this film. It is simply a way of stating that Kinski's performance could have carried this as a one man show. I have read all of the other reviews and choose not to delve into plot or theme analysis other than to say that the film poses many of the basic existential questions regarding humanity. It is a film worth watching more than once, and is not one to be figured out or explained so much as to be used as a launching point for a discussion on the human condition as a whole. An absolute must watch for a serious film lover. All teenage and secondary school thespians should view this work.


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