East End Film Festival: Review of ‘The Legend of Kaspar Hauser’

Samantha Ashworth went to watch The Legend of Kasper Hauser in Hackney Picturehouse as part of the East End Film Festival.

Beautifully shot in black and white, David Monuli’s The Legend Of Kaspar Hauser ( La Leggenda di Kaspar Hauser)  is a quirky film depicting surreal humour from obscure scenes. Vincent Gallo delivers a solid performance, playing two different characters both very convincingly. It is a little too inaccessible for a mainstream audience but has just the right amount of quirkiness for a film festival.

Vincent Gallo delivered the only believable performance, all the other actors, unfortunately, appeared to be fairly amateur. The most enjoyable part of this film was the soundtrack by Vitalic. It left me wanting to go to a rave on a beach. With this in mind, it did sometimes appear to be an extended music video and perhaps would have been better suited to this kind of format, as visually it was outstanding. It was just the film that lacked depth or plot.

Although I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t watch it again and apart from the soundtrack, it left me with little inspiration.


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