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The Herzog-Kinski partnership was what Nietzsche called a "star friendship"

At one point during the filming of Fitzcarraldo, the indigenous Indians who were working alongside the late Klaus Kinski offered to relieve his director, Werner Herzog, of the presence of this most temperamental of actors. The natives’ idea was simple: they would kill him. Herzog declined the offer-but later regretted his decision more than once. Herzog’s latest film, My Best Fiend, which has just completed a short British tour, charts the relationship between himself and Kinski through the five films they made together. It is full of such bizarre moments.

The Indians’ amazement and anger at Kinski was not without…

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