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Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)

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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Werner Herzog ... Himself - Narrator / Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudia Cardinale ... Herself
Justo González Justo González ... Himself
Paul Hittscher Paul Hittscher ... Himself (archive footage)
Mick Jagger ... Himself - Wilbur (archive footage)
Klaus Kinski ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Luddy ... Himself (archive footage)
Eva Mattes ... Herself
Thomas Mauch ... Himself (archive footage)
Benino Moreno Placido Benino Moreno Placido ... Himself
Beat Presser Beat Presser ... Himself
Jason Robards ... Fitzcarraldo (archive footage)
Guillermo Ríos Guillermo Ríos ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Saxer Walter Saxer ... Himself (archive footage)
Lucki Stipetic Lucki Stipetic ... Himself (archive footage)
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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour fit of rage, Kinski completely destroyed the bathroom. From this chaos, a violent, love-hate, profoundly creative partnership was born. In 1972, Herzog cast Kinski in Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972). Four more films would follow. In this personal documentary, Herzog traces the often violent ups and downs of their relationship, revisiting the various locations of their films and talking to the people they worked with. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Release Date:

7 October 1999 (Germany) See more »

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Peru See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,677, 7 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,612, 27 August 2000
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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

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1.66 : 1
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The film details the long and often complicated relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. The film also the last collaboration between Herzog and his friend since school, Florian Fricke of Popul Vuh. Ficke composed the score of many of Herzog's most famous films and passed away in 2001. See more »

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Werner Herzog: Every grey hair on my head, I call Kinski.
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An actor's life
31 May 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Werner Herzog's brilliant documentary about his friend Klaus Kinski gives us an insight into the troubled life of this great actor who gave his all to whatever films he elected to appear in. Mr. Herzog offers a different account on Mr. Kinski, who could be infuriating in his egomania, which seems to be at the center of the story. However, one only sees glimpses of the man who could be charming and who could be generous to his fellow actors.

Having met Mr. Kinski on two occasions, we only saw a charismatic man in a relaxed atmosphere. It appears the pressures of making a film propelled the actor into a frenzy that comes out clearly in what Mr. Herzog is showing us in the documentary. Mr. Kinski was probably his own worst enemy because his sense of pride in the role he was portraying took the best out of him. Therefore the hysterics and the fights with his director and the crew, notably the aggression on Justo Gonzalez's head, while playing a violent scene that could have killed him.

On the other hand we catch some of the soft side of the actor as we hear a loving account by Eva Mattes, who played with Mr. Kinski in "Woyzek". Also Claudia Cardinale shares some vivid memories with the director as she recounts her experience with Mr. Kinski while filming "Fitzcarraldo".

The film is an important document, as it illustrates the spirit of a man that was unique in his own madness. Mr. Herzog's shows clearly this actor was a man possessed whenever he played a role in front of a camera. Because of the document we feel enlightened somewhat in having known the man that gave movie fans his best and more.


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