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My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski [DVD]

Werner Herzog , Isabelle Adjani    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Werner Herzog, Isabelle Adjani, Claudia Cardinale, Klaus Kinski
  • Format: PAL, Import, Anamorphic
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Umbrella Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,492 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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In this very watchable documentary Werner Herzog pays tribute to the late Klaus Kinski, who played the lead in five of Herzog's films. This is Herzog's side of the story, of course, as Kinski is no longer around give his version.

A Peruvian actor from 'Aguirre' describes Kinski as "a diabolical character." In one memorable scene, Herzog tells a very uptight, bourgeois couple about what Kinski used to get up to in their house when he lived there in the 1950s. He once locked himself in the bathroom for two days, and smashed it up so thoroughly you could sift through it with a tennis racket. "I never thought it was possible someone could rave for 48 hours," Herzog tells the couple, who try to hide their shock and disapproval.

Kinski was a genius - an intuitive actor, highly professional when not possessed by megalomaniacal psychosis. Occasionally, he even showed warmth and camaraderie.

But other times he screamed in Herzog's face for literally hours because his coffee was lukewarm. Once he fired a gun at random through the wall of a hut, shooting the thumb off another actor. Kinski's ravings were a real problem for the Amazonian Indians who starred alongside him in 'Fitzcarraldo', and they made a serious offer to Herzog to kill him. Herzog himself threatened to shoot Kinski, yet it was this very threat which wrung the amazing final scene of 'Aguirre' out of him.

One is reminded of George Orwell's essay on Salvador Dali - namely, how much bad behaviour do you tolerate in a gifted artist? In Kinski's case I would tolerate a fair bit.

Herzog ends by comparing Kinski and himself to two critical masses, dangerous to come into contact with each other. Despite (or because of) this, they created one of the greatest films ever made ('Fitzcarraldo'), the mesmerising 'Aguirre', the incredible 'Nosferatu' remake, and two other films. Few other actors have approached the intensity of Kinski, and this documentary is a fitting tribute to him.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Miss Klaus Kinski Too 7 Oct 2000
By carol irvin - Published on
German film director Werner Herzog and the late international film star, Klaus Kinski, had a deep love-hate relationship with one another. As artists, this fueled their work together and they will both be remembered primarily for their joint film efforts. Indeed, throughout the documentary made by Herzog, the one still alive, he seems to be lacking half of himself when he is onscreen. He also seems to be as much trying to reclaim the best parts of himself as much as he is trying to come to final terms with his relationship with Kinski. Unfortunately, those best parts probably died with Kinski. Each man believed the other one was mad and a megalomaniac. Certainly neither man was like a "normal" person if you recall their film work together, all of it superb but obsessed.

Every time Kinski's face comes onto the screen in the documentary, I remembered how beautiful or ugly he could make himself appear. His face is one artists everywhere would love to paint, draw, sculpt... whatever. That people were drawn to him and repelled by him off-camera, in equal measure, should really come as no surprise. That he could embody both characteristics within seconds of one another before the camera defined his brilliance as an actor. I think Kinski got the better end of the deal. He lived life exactly under his own terms for 56 years and then died, apparently of natural causes, totally spent. It was probably like a regular person's living to be 100! Herzog, however, is left to go on and it is clear that he is not the artist he once was without his muse, his best fiend, Kinski. This was an absolutely fascinating film and I highly recommend it.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyes Wide... Mouth Open! 17 Aug 2000
By Richard W. Williams - Published on
Documentaries are seldom this exciting and beautiful to watch. It doesn't matter if you have seen all these scenes before, or if you have no idea who on earth are Herzog and Kinski. You won't be able to take your eyes or ears away until it's over.
Although this delves mostly into the making of "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" and "Fitzcaraldo", you needn't know a thing about those two brilliant films to love this one. However, after you see this I guarantee you will seek out every film made by both of these tremendously gifted men (don't bother with Kinski's "Creature").
Sure, the relationship between Herzog and Kinski has always been notorious and well documented, but not from the horses mouth, and not with all these wonderful behind the scenes glimpses into the thoughts of co-stars, extra's and production people. There are some amazing and unforgettable things you will never know about these films and these people without seeing this.
It is not simply the recorded rants of a madman and his egocentric director, but a touching, scary and very deep look into the hearts and minds of two cinema giants who will be studied, disected and forever remembered.
If you've never seen the work of these men before, start here and see why you should and will want to see it all - More than once.
Footnote: See if you can find Herzog popping up in Hell in the film "What Dreams may Come".
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story about a fascinating man and a complicated relation 19 Mar 2001
By Calle - Published on
In this movie, Werner Herzog tells us about his experience in working with Klaus Kinski. Together they have made some fantastic movies, but Kinski was an incredibly difficult person to work with. He often got mad and shouted for hours if he got annoyed by anything. He could get so mad Herzog almost wanted to kill him at one point. But he is also described as a very warm person. Herzog describes this complicated love/hate relationship in this movie and some actors, actresses and film team members tell us about their experience in working with Kinski. It is a very interesting movie if you like Kinski, Herzog or if you have seen any of their movies. This is one of the best documentaries I've seen.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad and Wonderful 26 Aug 2000
By "valeska_" - Published on
I loved this documentry, the ending was very sad to me. Showing Klaus playing gently with a butterfly, I forgot all the strife in the rest of it, as Werner Hertzog said he(Kinski)also possessed incredible human warmth and kindness.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and amazing 12 Jan 2012
By Della Lee - Published on
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It is interesting to learn how the movies these two made together were done. Amazing that they got anything done, considering the way they got along. I regret that we can't see/hear Kinski's reaction to what Herzog says about them, the two fiendish friends!
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