Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema
Critical Essays and Fellow Filmmaker Interviews
Edited by Matthew Edwards
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9897-0
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2508-9
50 photos, filmography, notes, bibliographies, index
312pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2016
With more than 130 films and a career spanning four decades, Klaus Kinski (1926–1991) was one of the most controversial actors of his generation. Known for his wild tantrums on set and his legendary collaborations with auteur Werner Herzog—Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)—Kinski’s intense performances made him the darling of European arthouse and exploitation/horror cinema. A genius in front of the camera, he was capable of lighting up the most risible films. Yet behind his public persona lurked a depraved man who took his art to the darkest extremes.
This first ever collection of essays focusing on Kinski examines his work in exploitation and art house films and spaghetti westerns, along with his performances in such cult classics as Doctor Zhivago (1965), Crawlspace (1986), Venus in Furs (1965), The Great Silence (1968), Android (1982) and his only directorial credit, Paganini (1989). More than 50 reviews of Kinski’s films are included, along with exclusive interviews with filmmakers and actors who worked with him.
About the Author(s)
Matthew Edwards is an elementary school teacher whose work has appeared in various magazines and books. He lives in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.