Film: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

aka: Every Man For Himself And God Against All
Werner Herzog film from 1974. The original German title translates as "Every Man for Himself and God Against All". A dramatization of the story of real-life feral child Kaspar Hauser.

This film provides examples of:

  • Bilingual Bonus: The actual German title is a little more blunt: Every Man for Himself, and God Against All (Jeder für Sich und Gott Gegen Alle).
  • Downer Ending: Hauser's murdered, probably by his real family.
  • The Full Name Adventures
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: In a Ballroom scene.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: Stars Bruno S., a street musician.
  • Parental Abandonment: Thank God!
  • Unwitting Test Subject: It's suspected that Kaspar Hauser was part of an early rogue experiment in psychology.
  • Wild Child: Kaspar Hauser claimed to have been raised in an environment that completely cut him off from human contact. He also shows signs of having some sort of neurological illness. Subverted by the real Kaspar Hauser, who was strongly suspected of having been a swindler due to, among other things, significant inconsistencies in his story, and near-constant lies.

Alternative Title(s):

Every Man For Himself And God Against All