My Best Fiend


Biography / Documentary

IMDb Rating 7.8 10 11


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Jason Robards as Fitzcarraldo
Klaus Kinski as Leutnant, der nicht mehr lacht
Mick Jagger as Self - Wilbur
Werner Herzog as Self - Narrator / Interviewer
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906.75 MB
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23.976 fps
95 min
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1.64 GB
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95 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10 / 10

A shared psychotic disorder--BOTH these guys are nuts!!

At the onset, I found this to be a terrifically annoying film since all the interviews for this film were dubbed into English BUT the film clips were never dubbed or subtitled! So, in some interesting looking scenes, I was simply left guessing what was happening. And, in the beginning, when Klaus Kinski is having a HUGE tantrum, you have no idea what he's saying or the context--you just see a man screaming and yelling for no apparent reason. Now as for the film, it is a posthumous biographical film by famed director Werner Hertzog about his frequent leading man, Klaus Kinski who had died in 1991. Now it's obvious from the start by watching clips of Kinski behind the scenes that he was a violent, angry and seriously disturbed individual--highly reminiscent of such insanely angry directors David O. Russell and Troy Duffy. However, while Hertzog calmly talks about how awful Kinski was, you get the idea that he's not exactly being objective and the film is more a chance for him to air his hatred of the man. It's interesting because both men hated and loved and needed each other. One wonders if perhaps the seething energy between them might have actually been the results of latent homosexual feelings! It really does make you wonder and is an interesting theory! Watch the film with this in mind, and much of it makes more sense. Herzog seems to also strongly imply throughout the film that he was the "normal one" and talks calmly again and again at how horrible Kinski was and how everyone sided with him and hated Kinski. Yet, they worked together again and again, so you are left wondering if both men are crazy--having an odd shared psychotic disorder (an actual DSM-IV psychiatric diagnosis, by the way). This is especially likely since Herzog COULD have worked without Kinski and because the "normal" Herzog was renowned for some of the most bizarre and over-the-top on location shots in film history. AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD and FITZCARRALDO are both legendary because of stories of the excesses and tensions on the set. As a result of this unintentional view of Herzog, I actually found the film to be far more interesting in my insights into him! Sure, Kinski was a volatile nut....but after a short time this becomes a bit boring because it's just too easy to cast stones at this idiot as he tantrums and bullies. But why Herzog went to all the trouble and expense to construct a documentary that talks about how awful Kinski was--THAT'S what's really interesting to me. A bizarre sado-masochistic relationship that Herzog seems the last to acknowledge. Interesting throughout--a great portrait of some sick people!

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 7 / 10 / 10

Absolutely fascinating

Like many others, am an admirer of Werner Herzog's work and his partnership with Klaus Kinski is quite iconic for good reason. Kinski was a great actor who deserved more recognition than he actually got, and his work with Herzog was when he was at his best. All five of their films together are worth watching or more. Was let down somewhat by 'Cobra Verde', but 'Aguirre Wrath of God' is a masterful crowning achievement in German (and foreign) cinema and 'Fitzcarraldo' (for me their best) is even more of a masterpiece. 'Nosferatu' and 'Woyzeck' are also great, near-classics. Just for the record, admired Herzog's work in all five films (it was the script and story that let down 'Cobra Verde') and Kinski's performances were great or more in all too. 'My Best Fiend' is fascinating, as well as sometimes funny and affecting, and a must for anybody wanting to know more about Herzog and Kinski, more so on Kinski. Herzog comes across as a very knowledgeable and quite funny man, also very perceptive, if also somewhat mad (not quite as much as Kinski though). What is said about Kinski is incredibly illuminating, not only showing what a great actor he was but also that he was a complex individual, much more complex than he is often made out to be. Much is said about how notoriously difficult he was to work with, that he was pretty nuts and wasn't the nicest of guys, but actually there is also things said about him having a softer side (the most memorable being his 'Woyzeck' co-star Eva Mattes) that we don't hear much of. The other contributions are also interesting, such as from Mattes and Claudia Cardinale. It is also made with a lot of affection, and one really does see how great an actor Kinski was. Overall, fascinating and a must see, both for fans of this partnership and as a documentary in general. 10/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10 / 10

An engrossing watch

As a huge fan of Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski this was a no-brainer for me. Sadly difficult to get hold of; I had to resort to a fuzzy Youtube copy in the end. This documentary charts the relationship between the director and star over the years and is full of unmissable footage of the latter going off the deep end with his endless rants. A little padded at times with footage from the likes of WOYZECK but generally engrossing throughout.

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