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Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, The (PG)

Biography, Drama

Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note. Read more …

He later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could remember, and only recently was he released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results.

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The critical consensus

Werner Herzog's 1974 masterpiece receives a welcome revival.

*****Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 04/07/2013

A compassionate, traumatic masterpiece, every frame amazing.

Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 07/07/2013

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday July 5, 2013, until Thursday July 11, 2013. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Saturday July 20, 2013, until Sunday July 21, 2013. More info:

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