Rent Woyzeck (1979)

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1h 20min
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Synopsis:
Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control. Abused and tortured, both physically and psychologically by commanding officers, doctors and his unfaithful wife, Marie, Woyzeck struggles to hold on to his humanity and his fragile sanity. In the film's shattering climax, he is finnaly driven over the brink into madness and murder.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Walter Saxer
Writers:
Georg Büchner, Werner Herzog
Studio:
Anchor Bay
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Germany, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1979 Cannes Best Supporting Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
01/03/2004
Run Time:
80 minutes
Languages:
German
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Talent Biographies
  • Photo Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/08/2014
Run Time:
80 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Mono, English LPCM Stereo, German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, German LPCM Mono, German LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Original Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Handicapped Future (1970, 44 mins)
  • The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1975, 46 mins)
  • Huie's Sermon (1980, 42 mins)

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Reviews (1) of Woyzeck

Bleak and compelling ... - Woyzeck review by NP

Spoiler Alert
23/11/2019

Made the same year as the peerless ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’, ‘Woyzeck’ again brings together the mighty partnership of Klaus Kinski and Director Werner Herzog. Whereas Kinski’s portrayal of the vampire remains a highpoint of understated power, here his intensity hits overdrive and crosses the blurred line between insanity and over-acting.

The story is a deceptively simple one. Woyzeck is a soldier who is forced to take menial jobs and perform degrading experiments in order to feed his family. This leads to his mental breakdown, which results in a shocking act at the film’s climax. As he loses his mind, you can believe in him totally, but that is partly because his frantic movements and extreme facial expressions indicate the grip of his senses is fragile to begin with. In true Herzog style, the film drinks up the main character’s flaws and falls from (lowly) grace without spectacle or glamour.

Although the relationship between director and leading man was always fractious, co-star Eva Mattes as Marie has always spoken fondly of Kinski and their time working together.

The film is typically bleak but compelling. My score is 7 out of 10.

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