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My Best Fiend [1999]

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  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González, Mick Jagger
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00486GX8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: A film about the tempestuous yet legendary working relationship between two creative giants of the film industry - A chain of coincidences brings the 13-year-old schoolboy Werner Herzog together with Klaus Kinski to the same apartment in Munich. In an unabated 48-hour fit of rage Kinski immediately proceeds to lay waste to all the furniture, the first of many such fits to come. Herzog therefore knows what awaits him when, some years later, he engages Kinski to work with him on AGUIRRE , THE WRATH OF GOD, their first film together. Four more films would follow. MY BEST FIEND is a film about the love-hate relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski - utterly puzzling to others. It reveals the deep trust between two exceptional artists and their independently and simultaneously hatched plans to murder on another. ABOUT THE DVD: This a a DVD release by ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to view it) - The film is presented in COLOUR and WIDESCREEN format (1.77:1 Aspect Ratio) and runs for 100 minutes - the AUDIO is the original GERMAN language (there is also an English language soundtrack option on the disc) - SUBTITLES are in ENGLISH language only and are optional (they can be switched on or off via the menu).

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This is film director Werner Herzog's deeply personal account of his time spent with Klaus Kinski, the actor, who died in 1991. It is in German with English subtitles.

If Werner Herzog ever needed a muse, he found one in Klaus Kinski - the director and the actor had strangely parallel lives, first meeting when Werner was 13; they happened by chance to both live in the same house together (with many others).

Herzog revisits the building, and guides the present occupiers round their home, relating memories of Klaus' famous rages - they are politely bemused, and so is the viewer. It is only as the film progresses that we begin to see what Werner hopes to try to reveal - it is a desire that he can only hope to achieve, as he is clearly still working out the dynamics of their relationship; it is not so much the answer that he seems to be searching for, as the quest that this documentary represents continually raises more questions with every answer that he finds - he wants to capture the force of nature that Kinski represented.

By all accounts, Kinski was a madman - prone to explosive bursts of rage, it wasn't unusual for his capacity for fury to fuel screaming diatribes of eight hours or more - so why, I found myself constantly asking, does the ice-cool Herzog keep on returning to work with him? He had a reputation for behaving like a spoilt child, and his tantrums were the stuff of legend. He drove Herzog so close to the edge that he seriously planned to kill him.

He revisits other locations - particularly of the three films that they made together - all infamous for being nightmarish experiences fr cast and crew alike. In
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Oct. 2016
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what's not to love about this documentary?
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 30 July 2016
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It's Werner Herzog. Only 4 stars because Kinski is vile.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 24 Aug. 2016
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kooky-klaus !!
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 25 July 2016
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It was just boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into a relationship for the ages 24 Dec. 2014
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I am fond of Werner Herzog, and this movie was an honest, achingly sincere tribute to a brilliant, complicated, and unbalanced man he loved and loathed. It is beautifully shot, and makes me wish more desperately than ever that I could have long conversations with Mr. Herzog and Mr. Kinski (I know, but one can dream) over several bottles of fine wine.

I'd make sure no guns were present, save for the one I'd carry for self-preservation.
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