The next screening is a famous documentary by Werner Herzog about his highly combustible and dazzling relationship with his actor Klaus Kinski 

MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND – MY  BEST FIEND
1999, 95 min., dir. Werner Herzog, English subtitles 

DATE: 9 MARCH
TIME: 17h00
VENUE: Howard College, MYB North Wing, 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251 

About the film:
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. (From amazon.com – Bret Fetzer)  

For more details please contact:
Dr Marion Pape
German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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