Throughout July and August, Meridian Space will be screening “Great Collaborations: Herzog/Kinski,” a series of films showcasing the fruitful — and explosive — partnerships between celebrated director Werner Herzog, and actor Klaus Kinski, enfant terrible of the twentieth-century German cinema.

In Herzog’s films, Kinski plays driven, passionate characters pursuing impossible dreams, who often end up losing their mind. The relationship between the actor and the director was equally volatile: arguments, violent clashes and even death threats abounded — the fact that Kinski might have been clinically insane is probably not incidental to this…

And yet perhaps thanks to the volcanic nature of their relationship, the five films they made together are unforgettable. Herzog successfully channelled Kinski’s mercurial temperament and offered him the most mesmerizing performances of his entire career.

In this retrospective, we will screen feature films (Aguirre – the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo, and Cobra Verde)  but also documentaries that will help us gain a better understanding of those two figures of German cinema, and how they worked together — Burden of Dreams, Portrait Werner Herzog, Kinski Paganini, and of course, Herzog’s My Best Fiend.


Tentative Program:

Sun. July 20
Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Thur. July 24
Burden of Dreams (documentary by Les Blank)

Sun. Aug 10
Nosferatu the Vampyre

Thur. Aug 14
Cobra Verde
My Best Fiend (documentary by Herzog)


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