Thursday, August 25, 2011

Woyzeck (1979)

Director: Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann. 74 min. West Germany. Drama.

Nominated for Cannes' Palm d'Or at its time, but I didn't find much material here. A simpleton soldier in an old German village is psychologically abused by the villagers, until he finally loses it and commits murder. Ironically, his words show that in better circumstances, he might have turned out to be a bright fellow. It's another presentation of Herzog's favorite theme: man's battle against his environment. And Kinski's perfomance makes you think maybe he sympathized with the character. Or mayber was the character.

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