My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski)
My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski) (1999)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 7, 1999
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Cole Smithey

Herzog reveals the genius and madness of his best fiend Klaus Kinski.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A thoughtful and clever examination by the director of his longstanding friendship and creative partnership with the late Klaus Kinski.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It feels a lot more like a cheap shot than a tribute.

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Janet Maslin
New York 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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Herzog's and Kinski's collaboration was one of the strongest in cinema, and the movie does justice to that energy.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Kinski's egomania is offered up by a quote of his that the only interesting landscape on earth is that of the human face.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
In this very unusual documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog revisits the Peruvian jungle and other locations throughout Europe, where he filmed movies with his… More
Christopher Mercer
A revealing documentary that is highly entertaining, especially if you are a fan of the work of Herzog and or/ Klaus Kinski. They made some fantastic films… More
Ken Stachnik
Kinski is even more insane that you've heard.
Ivan Descartin
"My Best Fiend" is Werner Herzog's love letter of a documentary film to his frequent collaborator Klaus Kinski. It also chronicles their… More
Stella Dallas
L O L what a prick~ i need to watch fitzcarraldo again
Marcus Woolcott
This film made me admire Herzog even more. All directors have regular collaboraters, and here Herzog discusses his work and relationship with the tempestuous… More