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on 25 June 2012
The volatile relationship between Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog is the stuff of movie legend. This documentary dispenses with the myth and instead tries to draw a more nuanced picture. Yes, there were apocalyptic rows between the two men but there was also a deep, profound friendship; an understanding between two people that is rare.
Kinski emerges as a more complex character that his mad man persona allows with a warm, even shy persona. The interview with Claudia Cardinale is particularly revealing. Meanwhile Herzog's analysis of Kinski is measured and multi-faceted. I've heard it said that this documentary was Herzog's revenge on Kinski - but that's an interpretation I find hard to credit.
If you're expecting a traditional, cradle-to-grave biopic you may be disappointed. This is more idiosyncratic film mostly pivoting around the making of Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo (though the two men's other collaborations do appear). It is also as much about Herzog himself as it is his best fiend. The result is profound and moving.