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My Best Fiend Details

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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 Herzog. However, the collaboration between these two men, no matter how combative, resulted in the finest, most memorable work of either's career, including Herzog, Herzog, Herzog and Herzog, before Kinski's death in 1991 ended the partnership. Mein Leibster Feind/My Best Fiend is a documentary by Herzog about his work with Kinski, and portrays the actor with a large degree of affection while making no secret of his volatile nature (an actor displays a scar on his head from a wound Kinski inflicted with a sword, while an outtake from Herzog shows him terrorizing a member of the crew). Despite their remarkable differences, Herzog sums up their working relationship with admirable conclusion: "We complemented one another. I needed him and he needed me." Mein Leibster Feind/My Best Fiend was produced for European television, though it did receive a screening (out of competition) at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 17, 1999

Cast

Werner Herzog
as Narrator

Crew

Werner Herzog
Director
Lucki Stipetic
Producer
Peter Zeitlinger
Cinematographer
Joe Bini
Editor
Andre Singer
Executive Producer
Christine Ruppert
Executive Producer
Eric Spitzer
Sound/Sound Designer
Herbert Golder
First Assistant Director
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