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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.

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writers:

Georg Büchner (play), Werner Herzog
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Klaus Kinski ... Woyzeck
Eva Mattes ... Marie
Wolfgang Reichmann ... Captain
Willy Semmelrogge Willy Semmelrogge ... Doctor
Josef Bierbichler ... Drum Major
Paul Burian Paul Burian ... Andres
Volker Prechtel ... Handwerksbursche (as Volker Prechtl)
Dieter Augustin Dieter Augustin ... Marktschreier
Irm Hermann ... Margret
Wolfgang Bächler Wolfgang Bächler ... Jew
Rosemarie Heinikel Rosemarie Heinikel ... Käthe (as Rosy-Rosy Heinikel)
Herbert Fux ... Unteroffizier
Thomas Mettke Thomas Mettke
Maria Mettke Maria Mettke
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Werner Herzog's Woyzeck See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Klaus Kinski began filming this after having only a week-long break after the completion of Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), also directed by Werner Herzog. Kinski exploited his exhaustion for his character in this film. See more »

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Blood stains on Woyzeck's sleeve continuously change their extension and color from one scene to another. See more »

Quotes

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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An all too faithful adaptation of Büchner's play
19 September 2001 | by jacob thomasSee all my reviews

Woyzeck, Herzog's interpretation of Büchner's dramatic fragment is not as similar,nor as good as his films that follow, notably Fitzcaraldo and Aguire: the wrath of God. What is not present is the epic quality that the latter films possess, despite Herzog's attempts to instill the murder scene with importance and this epic quality. The scene is shot in long still shots which while showing Kinski's genuine psychosis, one feels the scene is over dramatized, a feeling which one gets throughout the film. It is as if Herzog wanted to make a play and not a film, so faithful is he to Büchner, the dialogue has a theatrical quality, every line attempts to put the inner turmoil into words, the lack of camera movement enhancing the pervasive theatrical quality, we are almost seated in an auditorium watching from a distance as the drama unfolds. I would only recommend this film to those who are either Kinski fans or lovers of theatre, being neither I was not impressed with this film.


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