In the 50s, when he was still a teenager, Herzog shared an apartment with Klaus Kinski, an egocentric maniac of an actor. During an outburst of blind rage, Kinski destroyed all the furniture in the apartment in less than two days; but out of that chaos, a long-lasting working relationship and friendship were born. In this personal documentary, the director recalls the highs, the lows and the heated quarrels that marked his relationship with Kinski, returning to the very apartment in Munich where they first met and revisiting all the places where they made their films. —Thessaloniki International Film Festival
One of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema and one of the most extreme personalities in film, Werner Herzog quickly gained recognition not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in the Film history, but for pushing himself and his crew to absurd and unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. Born Werner Stipetic in Munich on September 5, 1942, Herzog came of age in Sachrang, Bavaria, amid extreme poverty and destitution. After Herzog turned seventeen, a German film producer optioned one of his screenplays, then promptly destroyed the contract when he discovered the author’s age. Circa 1962, 20-year-old Herzog enrolled in the University of Munich as a history and literature student, and produced his first motion picture, the twelve minute Herakles, his second short Game in the Sand, and his third, the pacifist tract The Unprecedented Defense of Fortress Deutschkreuz.In 1963, he established his own production… read more
It was interesting to get into the world of Herzog and Kiniski and witness a dynamic, love-hate friendship. Both men were different, herzog with his mediation of nature and pushing the physicality of his actors and kiniski pushing himself limitlessly in order to produce a brillant ,cinematic moment. They fusion worked with the scene of the butterfly. Ich Liebe it!
Would have loved to see some more old-footage and less of Herzog's talking constantly. Besides Kinski being so fascinating, the documentary is pretty boring.