My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski

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Released 1999

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My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski

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Director:
Werner Herzog
Released:
1999
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My Best Friend: Klaus Kinski is a documentary by acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog about his relationship with actor Klaus Kinski. The tempestuous relationship endured by the two artists is chronicled through Herzog's memories of Kinski both on set and on film. The two eventually made five films together, including Nosferatu the Vampyre, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo, Cobra Verde, and Aguirre, the Wrath of God. Herzog tells the story of how he threatened to shoot Kinski if he left the set of Aguirre, a particularly high-stress shoot. While Kinski became notorious for his rants about the existence of Jesus in contemporary life, Herzog chooses to focuses much of the film on the tender side of the actor. Herzog also tenderly tells the story of Kinski's death, and how the actor lived life "like a comet," as strenuously and fully as possible. Released in 1999, My Best Friend: Klaus Kinski was well received by critics.

Metacritic Score

  • 83

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Herzog's fascinating, rambling, love-hate documentary about their friendship and creative partnership, and in its discursive, anecdotal way it gets at the essence of one of cinema'...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    About two men who both wanted to be dominant, who both had all the answers, who were inseparably bound together in love and hate, and who created extraordinary work--while all the ...

  • 70

    The New York Times

    Serves as an eloquent coda to their unforgettable creative partnership.

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