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Paganini (1989)

Klaus Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolò Paganini, who set all of nineteenth-century Europe into a frenzy and through ... See full summary »

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Klaus Kinski

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Klaus Kinski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Kinski ... Niccolò Paganini
Debora Caprioglio ... Antonia Bianchi (as Debora Kinski)
Nikolai Kinski ... Achille Paganini
Dalila Di Lazzaro ... Helene von Feuerbach
André Thorent ... Galvano
Eva Grimaldi ... Marie Anna Elise Bonaparte
Donatella Rettore Donatella Rettore ... Miss Wells
Bernard Blier ... Pater Caffarelli
Beba Balteano Beba Balteano ... Carol Watson
Fabio Carfora Fabio Carfora ... Mr. Watson
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Judge (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Vittorio Ciorcalo Vittorio Ciorcalo
Tosca D'Aquino ... Angiolina Cavanna
Niels Gullov Niels Gullov
Luigi Leoni Luigi Leoni
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Klaus Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolò Paganini, who set all of nineteenth-century Europe into a frenzy and through whose personality Kinski offers an incredibly profound and honest insight into his own life; a life of extremities. Written by kinski-paganini.de

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Trivia

Klaus Kinski's last film. See more »

Quotes

Niccolò Paganini: Music comes from fire, from the inside of the earth, the sea, the heaven. The Italian heaven is framed of fire. ltaly is the land of fires.
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Alternate Versions

A 95 min "versione originale" director's cut is available on the new German 2 DVD set. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Best Fiend (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra N.1 in D Major, Op.6
Written by Niccolò Paganini
Performed by Salvatore Accardo (violin) and London Philharmonic Orchestra with Charles Dutoit)
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unspeakably, desperately bad
13 August 2008 | by rmdeaneSee all my reviews

I wanted to like this film, but it depressed the hell out of me. I notice that several reviews follow the pattern "a fascinating insight into Kinski's mind", but it seems to me (having read his autobiography) that his mind wasn't very interesting. His egomania wasn't matched by competence as a filmmaker, and by the time of this film his acting was reduced to going through the motions - and the motions are often extremely hysterical, but in irritating slow motion! His insistence on using natural lighting doesn't make him a Kubrick - just inept. As a musician, I see no trace of any insight into Paganini here, and the latter was indeed a fascinating human being. I suspect that part of the problem is that Kinski was surrounded by hangers-on, worshippers, arse-lickers (probably literally, in slow motion), sycophants, who either didn't notice that he was producing tripe or were afraid to tell him. The sad, sad thing is that he wasted so much of his life trying to put this farrago together, and that the frustrations of it may have hastened his death. Kinski will be remembered for Woyzeck, for Aguirre, for Fitzcarraldo. His stage performances were extraordinary - the very last one was filmed, and I saw it recently - just an unadorned recitation of the Sermon on the Mount. However, here too his egomania and lack of self-criticism distorted the whole thing: accused of hypocrisy by an audience member, all he can do is throw the microphone stand (not the microphone!) into the audience and storm off. Nearly 30 years later, Paganini has replaced Jesus, but the delusions of grandeur are the same.


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Official Sites:

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Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 May 1990 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Kinski Paganini See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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