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.
Werner Herzog perhaps has never made a more personal documentary than this bittersweet portrait of his notorious (and possibly mad?) leading man, Klaus Kinski, the star of his films Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, and Cobra Verde.
"Every human being is an abyss. You get dizzy, looking down." You learn a lot about Herzog too as he relates various memories of Kinski. "Towards the end of the shooting, the Indians offered to kill Kinski for me." Some wonderful moments and loved hearing Popul Vuh again. "If I, Aguirre, want the birds to drop dead from the trees the birds will drop dead from the trees. I am the Wrath of God."
I truly enjoyed the anecdotes mixed in with footage of Herzog recalling his creative friend that pushed him as he pushed back. Made me think of creative relationships and their dynamics as well as how much Herzog may go into slight hyperbole. We all do when using memory to recall an incident, especially once a camera is in the space.