Video Review

Signs of Life

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Foreign Language; With: Peter Brogle and Athina Zacharopoulou

Signs of Life, Werner Herzog's bleakly funny first feature starring Peter Brogle and Athina Zacharopoulou is a fantasy about going totally berserk. Herzog's madman, a German soldier named Stroszek (Brogle), is sent by his superiors to guard a munitions dump on the isolated Greek island of Kos. The scorching heat, the parched landscape, the language barrier, and the prospect of nothing to do — all these things drive the poor fellow out of his gourd. So he threatens to blow the vicinity to kingdom come. This one-man siege turns into a devastatingly amusing one-man show. B+

Originally posted Nov 10, 1995 Published in issue #300 Nov 10, 1995 Order article reprints