My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski)
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My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski)
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 Aguirre, The Wrath Of God. However, the collaboration between these two men, no matter how combative, resulted in the finest, most memorable work of either's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"My Best Fiend is about two men who both wanted to be dominant, who both had all the answers, who were inseparably bound together in love and hate, and who created extraordinary work -- while all the time each resented the other's contribution."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While My Best Fiend -- does a splendid job of chronicling the high drama and creative pinnacles of their work together, it emphasizes the most public and bleakly amusing aspects of their story."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Herzog's and Kinski's collaboration was one of the strongest in cinema, and the movie does justice to that energy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Kinski's egomania is offered up by a quote of his that the only interesting landscape on earth is that of the human face."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Kinski wasn't the wrath of God, but he was a damn fine actor, and this documentary so entranced and informed me, that I plan on going out and seeing every one of his films again."
‑ Oz,
"What's the difference between artistry and bravado? This isn't a question I generally feel inclined to ask, but I'm compelled by the work of Werner Herzog, who scrambles the two until it's difficult to tell which is which."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"With generous clips from Herzog and Kinski's collaborations, My Best Fiend is one of the great portraits of artists fighting, even with murderous rage, to reach the sublime."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Herzog reveals the genius and madness of his best fiend Klaus Kinski."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The pairing of the director and actor invariably resulted in extraordinary creative collaborations. These men -- arrogant, ambitious, sadistic, fanatical, and in Kinski's case, probably insane -- certainly deserved each other."
‑ Jon Niccum,
"Klaus Kinski was one helluva showman, and no filmmaker was better able to capture the explosive talent of his favourite fiend than the director of this fine documentary, Warner Herzog."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Herzog offers some evidence of Kinski's great human warmth, somewhat more of his rage of unimaginable proportions, and a good demonstration of Kinski's uncanny capacity to corkscrew his way into the frame."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A thoughtful and clever examination by the director of his longstanding friendship and creative partnership with the late Klaus Kinski."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"It feels a lot more like a cheap shot than a tribute."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"My Best Fiend is Herzog's contentious remembrance of the late actor but, while fascinating, it really doesn't add up to much."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"As documentaries go, this one is second-rate, consisting of almost nothing but Herzog sitting in locations at which he and Kinski once filmed and reminiscing."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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