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5.0 out of 5 stars All of the Kinski & Herzog filmic collaborations in one box!, 17 Mar 2004
This review is from: Herzog / Kinski Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
"Aguirre", "Nosferatu","Woyzeck","Fitzcarraldo" and "Cobra Verde" are all films dominated by the mania of Klaus Kinski - never was the phrase "wild staring eyes" more apt.
As Kinski explains in the documentary "My Best Fiend", included as a 6th DVD which vainly attempts to explain their relationship,all of Herzog's films emminate from pain so don't expect an easy ride with any of them!
"Aguirre: The Wrath of God" is a haunting slow burner in which the determined Kinski attempts to find the mythical Elderado. The stunning cinematograhy shows the Peruvian rainforest to be a foe as malevolent to the Spanish Conquistadors as the Indians were.
"Nosferatu" - perhaps the most accessible of the 5 films - is a mysterious vampire film without horror in that Kinski's Dracula is more lonely and pitiful rather than the scary villain as so often portrayed.
"Woyzeck" - shows Kinski at his most inspired in the central role of a private who is treated terribly by all around him and living on the edge of his wits. He is ultimately unable to contain his true emotions when his wife - whom he loves deeply -has a fling with a handsome bandmaster.
"Fitzcarraldo" is a film rather limited in scope plotwise in that it is about a crazed lover of opera who succeeds in transporting a ship across a mountain (yes honest). I found this film a little too long and ultimately rather pointless although the Kinski (who played Fitzcarraldo)struggle with nature was still mesmerising.
"Cobra Verde" marks the point at which the relationship between Kinski and Herzog turned sour - in Herzog's words "I couldn't control him anymore" - with Kinski,once again playing the titular character,as a South American bandit who ultimately becomes stranded in Africa trying to gain slaves for a landowner.
Several stunning films, consistently excellent performances - particularly from Kinski of course - interesting themes explored (most notably human suffering), fantastic cinematography, but also a couple of dissapointments.
Each DVD is nicely packaged in a slimline case whichs contain a copy of the original film's release poster. Extras include commentaries and trailers for each film but little else.
A must buy for lovers of cinema who don't want to always watch plot lead films but enjoy being challenged!
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