Klaus KInski's interpretation of the new testament as reformer in a solo theater-happening in Berlin,1971. At times, Kinski's reputation as a provocateur seemed to overshadow his prowess as an actor. Peter Geyer's new full-length documentary "Jesus Christus Erlöser" seems to support the notion that prevarication was an integral and inseparable part of the actor's work. Geyer's film documents Klaus Kinski's November 20th, 1971 theatrical reading at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin. It was on this evening that the golden-locked, hippy-garbed Kinski engaged an audience of thousands in a reading of a 30 plus page interpretation of the story of Jesus Christ.Written by
Ulf Kjell Gür
This show has become notorious for Klaus Kinski's aggressive behavior. Originally intended to last 90 minutes, his monologue was frequently interrupted by audience members. This led to one of Kinski's most famous tantrums, as he was frequently insulted by people in the audience, for which he in return yelled at them. Attempts to continue his monologue were fruitless, as the audience became louder and penetrative, until the actual event became a minor matter. When the situation was getting out of control, he stopped his performance, yelling "There are two options: Either, those who don't belong to the mob throw the others out, or they paid their money for nothing!", then he threw the microphone on the floor and left the stage. When he returned to perform again, the atmosphere was still aggressive. After one man tried to take the microphone away from him, Kinski pushed him away and the man was forced from the stage. The interruptions continued and he left the stage again. Later that evening, he repeated the monologue, but was forced to stop yet again due to persistent interjections. After midnight, he performed again, this time with a drastically reduced audience (from the 3000-5000 people that initially attended, about 100-200 were still present). Director Werner Herzog, who frequently worked with Kinski on several of his films, later blamed the audience for sabotaging the show, believing that they did it deliberately just to make Kinski furious. See more »
This is an exhibit of a very disturbed man, who was part genius, part eccentric and part mad but a true (100%) Artist. Klaus Kinski was a very good actor and he tried this "show" called Jesus Christ Saviour. Many people think he was trying to be Jesus (or impersonating him). That is one way to look at it of course, but I think he tried to convert the bible (New Testament) into modern times. Most of the things he says here, are included in the Bible. This movie being a documentary that actually has no voice over, but only Kinski doing his monologue, though very often interrupted by some members of the audience.
There is so much to be said, about a man that evidently thinks he was better than most other people, who also thinks he was misunderstood. The latter being of course more than true, but his erratic behaviour didn't help much either. But this "concert" (let's call it that) on display here, actually had some valid points. You almost wish people would not have interrupted him, making him go offstage a couple of times. Still returning after a while, but why would you do that? You don't go to the Opera and shout at the actors, now do you? Either like what you see or leave the room.
The fact, that he was able to switch from (almost) normal to maniac rage, made him so appealing to many. A controversial figure in German film history, he definitely will make you want to know more about him ... Which would lead you to the movie "Mein liebster Feind", where Werner Herzog talks a lot about his "favorite" actor. Watch this and be amazed (and frightened maybe), by one of the best artists German cinema has produced!
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