My Best Fiend

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My Best Fiend


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Werner Herzog made five films with the fiery, unpredictable and brilliant Klaus Kinski. On more than one occasion he threatened to murder him. One of the most infamous pairings in movie history, Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog joined forces and most often banged heads, to produce some of the greatest films of the 70s and 80s. My Best Fiend (Nein liebster Feind) is Herzogs oddly tranquil ode to their cathartic relationship, which began when a 14 year-old Herzog met the wild, starving young actor while living in the same apartment. 

Years later he hired Kinski to play Aguirre, the mad, power obsessed Spanish conquistador in a role close to Kinskis heart. Herzog revisits the scene for this film, among others, as he recounts, not only Kinskis on-set ravings, outbursts and megalomania. Herzog promised to kill Kinski when he threatened to leave the shoot but the tender moments underlying their combustible relationship. Features * Theatrical Trailer * Herzog Trailer Collection


Most people associate the director Werner Herzog with the actor Klaus Kinski--but few know how twisted and enmeshed their relationship was. Though Kinski has made dozens of movies, he probably remains best known for the five he made with Herzog: Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Cobra Verde, and Fitzcarraldo. In this documentary/cinematic memoir, Herzog uses clips from these remarkable films, on-the-set footage, and personal recollections to create a portrait of Kinski as both a deeply passionate actor and a raving lunatic; it's hard to say whether he's defaming Kinski or being generous to this mercurial, erratic actor. There's no question that their relationship is fascinating; after their first movie (Aguirre, probably the best of their collaborations) they both described moments of wanting to kill each other--in fact, both agree that Herzog threatened to shoot Kinski at one point, though they differ on the details. Yet they went on to make four more movies, almost all of them under circumstances that would be difficult for the most serene personalities. My Best Fiend was inspired by Kinski's death, and probably the movie's weakest aspect is that we don't get Kinski's side of their friendship. But even though it's one-sided, it's still a remarkable portrait of two artists who were willing to go to extremes to capture their visions. Any fan of either will find this unique documentary indispensable. --Bret Fetzer
Release date NZ
September 13th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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