Directed by Werner Herzog • 1979 • West Germany
Starring Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann
Werner Herzog ventured into the dark depths of madness once again with this adaptation of the unfinished stage play by Georg Buchner, the story of a real-life nineteenth-century barber turned soldier who was executed after mysteriously killing the woman he loved. The film follows the path of Woyzeck (Klaus Kinski) as he endures military experiments in a lab that ultimately turn him into a killing machine. In Herzog’s hands, Buchner’s parable becomes a masterpiece of human emotion and psychological struggle.