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Woyzeck Review

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Trampled down Private Friedrich Johann Franz Woyzeck decides to stand up and avenge the infidelity of his wife.

★★★★

From the Georg Buchner play (also adapted to Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck), Kinski is the put-upon soldier who supplements his private’s pay as a guinea-pig for a nutritionist (who merrily foresees the asylum as the inevitable outcome of a diet of peas), and whose wife (Eva Mattes) has an affair with the dashing drum-major, much to the amusement of Woyzeck’s superior officers.

Like a tragic Buster Keaton, who hears the wind and earth telling him to avenge the infidelity, Kinski finds a truly piteous note in the midst of a stylised — was a 19th century military town ever so clean? — yet powerful drama. (The monkey gets to wear a military uniform.)

A great performance from Kinski aids this powerful tale of vengence.

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