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Woyzeck ()


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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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Woyzeck
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Marie
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Captain
Willy Semmelrogge ...
Doctor
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Drum Major
Paul Burian ...
Andres
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Handwerksbursche (as Volker Prechtl)
Dieter Augustin ...
Marktschreier
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Margret
Wolfgang Bächler ...
Jew
Rosemarie Heinikel ...
Käthe (as Rosy-Rosy Heinikel)
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Unteroffizier
Thomas Mettke
Maria Mettke

Directed by

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Werner Herzog

Written by

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Georg Büchner ... (play)
 
Werner Herzog ... (writer)

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Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein

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Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus

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Henning von Gierke

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Gisela Storch

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Walter Saxer ... production manager

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Mirko Tichacek ... assistant director

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Jean Fontaine ... sound assistant
Harald Maury ... sound

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Claude Chiarini ... still photographer
Mike Gast ... second cinematographer

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Anja Schmidt-Zäringer ... continuity

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Werner Herzog's Woyzeck
  • La tragedia de Franz Woyzeck (Mexico)
  • Woyzeck - kidutettu (Finland)
  • Войцек (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Woyzeck, o Soldado Atraiçoado (Portugal)
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  • 80 min
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Trivia The entire 80-minute film was shot with only 27 cuts. See more »
Goofs As a barber, Woyzeck smears some foam on the Captain's forehead, but when the camera changes, the foam's gone. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Something Short of Paradise/Wise Blood/In Search of Historic Jesus/Woyzeck (1979). 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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