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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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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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Genres:

Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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 »

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As a barber, Woyzeck smears some foam on the Captain's forehead, but when the camera changes, the foam's gone. 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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Klaus Kinski is Perfect as Tormented Solider
25 September 2000 | by eibon04See 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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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