The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser ()

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (original title)
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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.


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Kaspar Hauser
Walter Ladengast ...
Professor Daumer
Kathe, Servant
Willy Semmelrogge ...
Circus director
Michael Kroecher ...
Lord Stanhope
Hans Musäus ...
Unknown Man
Cavalry Captain
Gloria Doer ...
Frau Hiltel
Hiltel the prison guard
Herbert Achternbusch ...
Bavarian Chicken Hypnotizer
Wolfgang Bauer
Wilhelm Bayer ...
Taunting Farmboy
Franz Brumbach
Helmut Döring ...
Little King
Alfred Edel ...
Florian Fricke ...
Heribert Fritsch
Peter Gebhart
Andi Gottwald ...
Young Mozart
Otto Heinzle
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 ...
Peter-Udo Schönborn
Taunting Farmboy
Marcus Weller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benedikt Kuby ...
Wine Server (uncredited)

Directed by

Werner Herzog

Written by

Werner Herzog ... (book)
Jakob Wassermann ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Werner Herzog ... producer

Cinematography by

Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein

Film Editing by

Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus

Editorial Department

Marta Lederer ... assistant editor
Willi Segler ... editorial staff

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)

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) / assistant script supervisor (uncredited)


Lotte Eisner ... to, and all those who were forced to leave Germany

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Plot Summary

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; he later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could remember, and only recently was he released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results. Written by Mike D'Angelo

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Also Known As
  • Kaspar Hauser - Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (West Germany)
  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (World-wide, English title)
  • The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser (World-wide, English title)
  • Every Man for Himself and God Against All (World-wide, English title)
  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (United States)
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  • 110 min
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Trivia 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 »
Goofs After Kaspar is left in the town square, there is one shot of him where the way he holds the note, and the way the bandanna is tied, that is different from before or after. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in I Am My Films - A Portrait of Werner Herzog (1978). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: One Sunday in 1828 a ragged boy was found abandoned in the town of N. He could hardly walk and spoke but one sentence. Later, he told of being locked in a dark cellar from birth. He had never seen another human being, a tree, a house before. To this day no one knows where he came from - or who set him free. Don't you hear that horrible screaming all around you? That screaming men call silence? See more »
Quotes Professor Daumer: Kaspar, what's wrong? Are you feeling unwell?
Kaspar Hauser: It feels strong in my heart... The music feels strong in my heart... I feel so unexpectedly old...
Professor Daumer: You've been such a short time in the world, Kaspar...
Kaspar Hauser: Why is everything so hard for me? Why can't I play the piano like I can breathe?
Professor Daumer: In the two short years you have been here with me, you have learned so much! The people here want to help you make up for lost time.
Kaspar Hauser: The people are like wolves to me.
Professor Daumer: No. You mustn't say that...
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