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The Enigma of Kasper Hauser
Directed by Werner Herzog • 1974 • West Germany
Starring Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brgitte Mira
Based on real events, THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER tells the story of a young man imprisoned in a basement dungeon for the first seventeen years of his life, devoid of human contact, until his captor suddenly drops him off in the town of Nuremberg. Unable to talk, barely able to walk, Hauser frightens the townspeople with his strange behaviors until he’s rescued by a man whose attempts to teach and reintegrate him into society result in a fascinating look at the resilience of the human mind.