My Best Fiend


No, not a documentary about Mikhail and I.  With permission from Werner Herzog the entire documentary My Best Fiend has been posted on YouTube.

A film about the tempestuous yet legendary working relationship between two creative giants of the film industry – Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. A chain of coincidences brings the 13-year-old schoolboy Werner Herzog together with Klaus Kinski to the same apartment in Munich. In an unabated, 48 hour fit of rage, Kinski immediately proceeds to lay waste to all the furniture, only one of such fits to come. Herzog therefore knows what awaits him when, some years later, he engages Kinski to work with him on Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, their first film together. Four more films would follow. My Best Fiend is a film about the love-hate relationship between director Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski – utterly puzzling to others. It reveals the deep trust between two exceptional artists and their independently and simultaneously hatched plans to murder one another.

I embedded the documentary below.  Try not to be put off by the first few minutes…

3 thoughts on “My Best Fiend

  1. This is an excellent film, though actually titled “Mein liebster Feind,” nicht Freund. Speaking of Herzog, just watched Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans last night—a must watch, if only for the three minute iguana scene.

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  3. I love this film. The part about Kinski pulverizing a bathroom into pieces that can pass through a tennis racket, if I recall, is unbelieveable, and fitting.

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