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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 »


Klaus Kinski


Klaus Kinski




Credited cast:
Klaus Kinski ... Niccolò Paganini
Debora Caprioglio ... Antonia Bianchi (as Debora Kinski)
Nikolai Kinski ... Achille Paganini
Dalila Di Lazzaro ... Helene von Feuerbach
Tosca D'Aquino ... Angiolina Cavanna
Eva Grimaldi ... Marie Anna Elise Bonaparte
Beba Balteano Beba Balteano ... Carol Watson
Fabio Carfora Fabio Carfora ... Mr. Watson
Donatella Rettore Donatella Rettore ... Miss Wells
Bernard Blier ... Pater Caffarelli
André Thorent ... Galvano
Marcel Marceau ... Pantomime
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vittorio Ciorcalo Vittorio Ciorcalo
Niels Gullov Niels Gullov


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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Klaus Kinski's last film. See more »


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 »


Featured in Klaus Kinski - Ich bin kein Schauspieler (2000) See more »


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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I have to conclude: Jerking off at our expense
23 March 2007 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

I watched Paganini for the first time, then ran to watch bits of Fitzcarraldo again. I just realized why: It was the armchair cineaste's equivalent of taking a shower to rinse the muck off after watching Paganini.

I needed to watch Fitzcarraldo to remind myself that, yes, Kinski was a great actor. And he was.

I never thought I'd actually find a genuine-article case of this, but in Paganini you have Kinski finally using film--and his fans--as a full-tilt surrogate for his fading fantasy that he's the rooster in the barnyard.

It really is shameless. People thought that Woody Allen used film like this way long after he shoulda. Well, guess what? Allen is a piker.

If you're curious to see a great film star at his lowest ebb in this particular regard, watch Paganini.

Now, people in these comments extol the natural lighting, Kinski's raw magnetism, the unstudied editing, the artful inattention to technique in general, genuinely moving scenes of familial love, etc., etc. Yes, all those things are arguably there. I'm not just being conciliatory for rhetorical effect. But there comes a time when you have to admit the evidence of what you're seeing before your very eyes, and the conclusion is inescapable: Kinski is jerking off at our expense. He's not just exercising an eccentric degree of artistic license. He's lost in unfiltered, unsublimated sexual self-aggrandizement.

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Release Date:

25 May 1990 (Italy) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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