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During the 1970s Bruno was the star in two remarkable Werner Herzog films, “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser” and “Stroszek,” in which he occupied the roles of damaged characters so completely and genuinely, so uncannily, that it was never quite clear how much he actually understood about what use was being made of him by the director. His performances were riveting, but he was obviously not well mentally, and even as he came across in his own way as knowing, he was at the same time simply being himself, and the question hovered: How much was fiction, how much reality?

Then he dropped down the memory chute.

- bill 12-27-2008 2:19 pm [link] [1 ref] [1 comment]