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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, when Kinski saw the first poster for this film which had the big headline "Werner Herzogs Masterpiece", he ripped it to shreds immediately, mainly because his contract said that his name must always be the biggest one on the poster. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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My Favorite Kinski/Herzog
2 June 2003 | by chexmixSee all my reviews

I seriously need to re-watch *all* of Herzog's films, but in the flicker of memory this is my favorite.

For me, the static camera-work fits the hothouse atmosphere of Buchner's play perfectly. I think especially of the early scene where Woyzeck is shaving the Captain, and the camera doesn't move *at all* for what seems like forever ... technically, it is reminiscent of some of Jim Jarmusch's early films where the camera is hilariously static. Here, it is horrifyingly static.

And Kinski has never been more possessed, more demonically almost out of control. I just can't watch him, particularly during the intense (slow motion!) climactic sequence, and then "come back" to Hollywood movies and watch ... well, say, Kevin Costner. Sorry. Guess I'm a snob.

Finally, the strange, sawing music just sends me over the top every time, my skin tingling. To me this is an absolutely unforgettable, brilliant film experience. It disturbs the living hell out of me, and I like that.


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