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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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Cast

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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Country:

Germany | UK | USA

Language:

German | English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 October 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

My Best Fiend See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Dolby SR

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Beat Presser: [Herzog and Presser are looking at Presser's famous picture of Kinski trying to strangle Herzog] I truly like this very much. It happened because he must have sensed the presence of your camera.
Beat Presser: He also just wanted to let you have it, didn't he?
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kinski a true villain
7 February 2002 | by patita-1See all my reviews

My best fiend is not a typical documentary maybe because Klaus Kinski was a rare actor,when you read his biography his life was a mess. Klaus maybe was most famous for his reputation than his career but in Werner Herzog films he became a legend,they did five movies some of them very impressive(Aguirre;Nosferatu...)Kinski with his eccentric personality seems to transcend his roles, we all think we know him:"he was a madman";"a genius";"a misanthropic" etc etc...but who really know him? Herzog?,maybe.For me Kinski was an enigma for that reason we are so intriguing and enchanted by him,in Germany he still the most adored actor;in U.S.A they dont know what to think of him but in the mind of cinephiles around the world he still remains as one of the greatest. Klaus Kinski turned down important movie roles,instead he did some bad films why?he just wanted to make all the films they offered him.He was a great villain not only in real life but in his films as "Jack the Ripper";Nosferatu;Aguirre,and he appears in "For a Few dollars more" as Juan "the hunchback" and even in Dr Zivago; Kinski also directed the film Paganini(Klaus thought of himself as the reincarnation of this famous violinist)He was an unique actor more indomitable than Brando and "My Best Fiend"(an amazing ducumentary)is just one piece of the puzzle on this complex artist.


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