Klaus Kinski

  • George Roy Hill – The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

    USA1981-1990DramaGeorge Roy HillThriller
    The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
    The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

    A Palestinian bomber has killed an Israeli diplomat and his family and the Israeli plot to neutralise him becomes convoluted as they select an American Actress (Charlie) to impersonate the Bomber’s brother’s girlfriend after the Israeli’s capture and kill the brother. Charlie is placed into a world where she begins being an actress, then becomes a spy, then is trained by the Palestinians as a guerrilla and finally is sent to deliver a bomb. She is chronically confused by how far she is really supposed to go in her impersonations and how much of herself she must give up.Read More »

  • Peter Geyer – Jesus Christus Erlöser AKA Jesus Christ Saviour (2008)

    2001-2010CultGermanyPerformancePeter Geyer
    Jesus Christus Erlöser (2008)
    Jesus Christus Erlöser (2008)

    Berlin, Deutschlandhalle, November 20 th 1971. Kinski emerges into a lone spotlight on an empty stage. Shoulder length hair, plain jeans, a shirt with flower and polka dot patterns. No set, no stage effects, no costume. By reciting his own version of the New Testament’s “Jesus Christ Saviour”, he realizes a project well over 10 years in the making.

    It is the time of the Hippie movement, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” is celebrating a sensational success in Germany as well. It is also a time of nonviolent resistance.Read More »

  • Shûji Terayama – Les fruits de la passion AKA Fruits of Passion (1981)

    1981-1990ArthouseEroticaFranceShuji Terayama

    A girl loves an older man. He demands that she goes in a brothel, as evidence that she loves him.

    Shuji Terayama adapted his 1981 film, The Fruits of Passion, from the eponymous Pauline Reage’s sequel to her well regarded book, The Story of O. However, ‘adapted’ is used very loosely in this instance, as Terayama uses the opportunity to completely reshape the structure of the novel, and use only it’s themes and characters to create a story that is uniquely his. According to the credits, the text of the narration and O’s dialogue itself was taken directly from the short novel, but everything else is pure Terayama.Read More »

  • Ákos Ráthonyi – Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen AKA The Devil’s Daffodil (1961)

    1961-1970Ákos RáthonyiCrimeGermanyThriller

    Detectives working for an airline suspect a club owner of smuggling heroin in consignments of artificial flowers. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard are investigating a series of killings of young women associated with the club, all the bodies being found along with a handful of plastic daffodils…Read More »

  • Werner Herzog – Woyzeck (1979)

    Werner Herzog1971-1980ArthouseDramaGermany

    Everything in town appears calm, placid, lovely. But Woyzeck, a rifleman assigned as an orderly, hears voices — the times are out of joint, at least in his cosmos. To his captain, Woyzeck is a comic marvel: ignorant but courageous, full of energy to little purpose. To a local doctor, Woyzeck is a curiosity, the object of cruel study. Woyzeck, 40, has a young wife, Marie, and a small child. He dotes on them, but Marie, even though she has periods of guilt and remorse, carries on affairs and flirtations. When the captain lets drop broad hints of Woyzeck’s being a cuckold, his inner demons and the voices of the spheres take over. Will madness bring action? Of what sort?Read More »

  • Werner Herzog – Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes AKA Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

    Arthouse1971-1980AdventureGermanyWerner Herzog

    Gonzalo Pizarro orders a small Spanish expedition of forty men to search for El Dorado, leaving the mountains of Peru and going down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirre, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to “the golden city”, or to certain destruction?Read More »

  • Sergio Corbucci – Il grande silenzio AKA The Great Silence (1968)

    Sergio Corbucci1961-1970Euro WesternsItalyWestern

    On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski Nosferatu, For a Few Dollars More) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant The Conformist) stands between the innocent refuges and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren’t always clear and good doesn’t always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci’s bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.Read More »

  • Giorgio Capitani – Ognuno per sé AKA The Ruthless Four (1968)

    1961-1970CultEuro WesternsGiorgio CapitaniItalyWestern

    Sam Cooper (Heflin) finds gold and then is double-crossed by his partner. He survives and calls on the only person he can trust, Manolo (Hilton), who is soon joined by Brent (Kinski), who has a strong hold over him. Sam is warned that something is wrong with the young man and his friend, so he asks an old acquaintance, Mason (Roland), to join the group. But their preparations for the journey to retrieve the gold have attracted the attention of the vermin hanging about in the prospecting town.Read More »

  • Joe D’Amato – La morte ha sorriso all’assassino AKA Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

    Joe D'Amato1971-1980HorrorItalyMystery

    A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

    Letterboxd review
    ★★★½ Watched by Lou (rhymes with wow!) 22 Jun 2021

    Deliciously gothic and weirdly erotic, Death Smiles on a Murder is a wonderful slice of Joe D’Amato bizarreness. The movie has an almost dream-like quality to it, which had me clueless as to what exactly was unfolding on screen. All I know for certain is that when you give Klaus Kinski some beakers you’ll end up with magic. Also, there is no such thing as too many cat jump scares.

    I got to search out some more Ewa Aulin movies.Read More »

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