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Director: Werner Herzog Run Time: 82 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1979 Language: German

Starring: Eva Mattes, Josef Bierbichler, Klaus Kinski, Willy Semmelrogge, Wolfgang Reichmann

Kinski and Herzog go at it again in this tragic story amidst the frenzied anxiety of someone completely losing control. Kind of like Buster Keaton stripped of all comedy, a mix of Kafka, Dostoevsky and simply put, the decent into madness and rage. Another loser on the cavalcade of stars. Guess that’s what can happen when your only eating peas?
Having fathered an illegitimate child with his lover, Marie, feckless soldier Franz Woyzeck takes odd jobs around his small town to provide some extra money for them. One of them is volunteering for experiments conducted by a local doctor, who puts Woyzeck on a diet of peas. This serves to drive him close to madness, and the discovery that Marie is involved in an affair with the local drum major exacerbates the situation. Pushed too far, Woyzeck resorts to violence.


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