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The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser review

A Werner Herzog film based on the true story of a young man who had spent his life in captivity

Following his tendency to use actors who live their roles, Herzog cast the schizophrenic Bruno S as Kaspar Hauser, a foundling who emerges in Nuremberg in 1828 having been imprisoned his whole life.

Beard-tugging locals treat him as a mystery, a freak, a puzzle, a pet.

But Herzog acts otherwise, adopting Hauser’s perspective to sustain an aching sadness over the fate of a wide-eyed innocent.

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