Georg Buchner’s play, filmed several times before (including a memorable adaptation by Werner Herzog), is brought to the screen again with vivid, chilling results by Janos Szasz. Living in desperate poverty, harassed by his manager at the railyard and ignored by his wife, troubled Woyzeck allows himself to be the subject of medical testing in order to support his family. He finally reaches his limit when he discovers his wife having an affair with a policeman and the betrayal pushes him to violence. The black-and-white photography effectively captures the bleak emotional landscape. “A stark, boldly expressive nod to the shadows and angles of silent-era German cinema” (Onion A.V. Club).
Winner of the Felix Prize at the 1994 Berlin Film Festival.