My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski) (1999)

My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski)



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To say the working relationship between director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski was often stormy strains the boundaries of understatement. Kinski's tirades against Herzog are the stuff of legend -- Kinski's scabrous autobiography All I Need is Love features a number of venomous rants against the director far too foul to recount here, while Herzog had to threaten Kinski with murder to get him to complete his work on Aguirre, The Wrath Of God. However, the collaboration between these two … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Television
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On DVD: Sep 5, 2000
New Yorker Films


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Critic Reviews for My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

What's the difference between artistry and bravado? This isn't a question I generally feel inclined to ask, but I'm compelled by the work of Werner Herzog, who scrambles the two until it's difficult to tell which is which.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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My Best Fiend is 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 time each resented the other's contribution.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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With generous clips from Herzog and Kinski's collaborations, My Best Fiend is one of the great portraits of artists fighting, even with murderous rage, to reach the sublime.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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While My Best Fiend -- does a splendid job of chronicling the high drama and creative pinnacles of their work together, it emphasizes the most public and bleakly amusing aspects of their story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 21, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
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A thoughtful and clever examination by the director of his longstanding friendship and creative partnership with the late Klaus Kinski.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
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Audience Reviews for My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski)

In this very unusual documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog revisits the Peruvian jungle and other locations throughout Europe, where he filmed movies with his long-time protagonist Klaus Kinski. Throughout this journey that mostly consist of interviews with fellow companions and Herzog's unbelievably funny anecdotes about the love-hate relationship with the egomaniac actor. While all that's filmed and presented really calmly and may sound boring for many, it is still full of humor and very interesting insights both into film making and Kinski's personality. There is also some original footage of his tantrums, which is clearly the highlight of this film. The fact that there was more to Kinksi than met the superficial eye is the surprise of this film. And the final scene with the butterfly is so incredibly sweet and beautiful, you actually feel maybe he wasn't such an asshole after all.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Kinski is even more insane that you've heard.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

The most successful collaboration of actor and director of all time? I think so. Putting the record straight, Herzog shows us the truth behind his best friend who also happened to be an egotistical maniac (and possibly the greatest actor of all time). A beautiful and heartfelt documentary.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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