My Best Fiend

Director: Werner Herzog
My Best Fiend
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.77
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.77
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Dolby Surround - German
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Composition by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"There were times when Kinski would behave more instinctively and noticed that he was going too far. And in those moments, thank God, he became cowardly. There was one occasion on the Rio Nanay, at the end of the AGUIRRE shoot, and as usual when he didn't know his lines properly, as so often, he was looking for a victim. Suddenly he started shouting like crazy, 'You swine!,' meaning the camera assistant, 'He was grinning!' He told me I should fire him on the spot, but I said 'No, of course I'm not going to fire him, the whole crew would quit out of solidarity.' So he just went and packed his things...he was so absolutely serious about leaving at once that he would just walk off the set; he packed everything into a speedboat. And I knew he'd broken his contracts 30, 40, 50 times already. So I went up to him very the way, I didn't have a gun, he just made that up later to cast a better light on himself. So I went up to him and said, 'You can't do this, the film is more important than our personal feelings...and it's even more important than us mere mortals. It's impossible to do something like this. You can't do it.' I told him I had a rifle, and he would only make it as far as the next bend in the river before he had eight bullets in his head...the ninth would be for me."
  - Werner Herzog

Entertainment Reviews:

Chicago Sun-Times - 02/11/2000
"...As a meditation by a director on an actor, it is unique..."
USA Today - 07/07/2000
"...There's lots of remarkable footage..."

Plot Synopsis:

German filmmaker Werner Herzog directs this documentary about the tempestuous relationship between himself and actor Klaus Kinski.

Plot Keywords:

Documentary | Film About Film | Film Directors | Film History | Filmmakers | Filmmaking | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: November 1999 (New York City).

Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 013131123692
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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