The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, 1974, by Werner Herzog

27 January 2006

Herzog follows Hauser’s character as he adapts to his new life, and explores some of the ideas behind the mystery of Hauser’s parentage, but does not include the idea that Hauser was actually an impostor, a view popular among those who knew him the least, both before and after his death.

Complete background information is available here, including an account written by German jurist Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach, who described Hauser as: “Mild and gentle, without vicious inclinations, and without passions and strong emotions, his quiet mind resembles the smooth mirror of a lake in the stillness of a moonlight night.”

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