Paganini (film)

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For the 1934 film, see Paganini (1934 film).
Kinski Paganini
Kinski Paganini.jpg
A promotional poster for Kinski Paganini
Directed by Klaus Kinski
Produced by Augusto Caminito
Written by Klaus Kinski
Starring Klaus Kinski
Debora Kinski
Nikolai Kinski
Music by Niccolò Paganini
Cinematography Pier Luigi Santi
Edited by Klaus Kinski
Distributed by Filmverleih Carsten Frank
Release date(s) 7 October 1989 (Germany)
Running time 81 min.
Director's Cut: 95 minutes
Country  Italy
 France
Language Italian

Kinski Paganini is a 1989 film based on the life and career of composer and virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini. The movie was written and directed by Klaus Kinski, who also performs the lead role. It was to be Kinski's final film before his death in 1991.

The film also stars Kinski's young wife (Debora Kinski) and son (Nikolai Kinski) alongside him. Klaus Kinski felt that he and Paganini had led similar lives, and both gave "demonic" performances in their own fields that often sparked great controversy.

In his 1999 documentary My Best Fiend, frequent collaborator Werner Herzog says Kinski repeatedly asked him to direct the film, but he, Herzog, refused because he thought the script was "unfilmable". Herzog also states that the preparation for his role in Kinski Paganini caused the actor to take on an uncomfortable "alien" air that disrupted Kinski's performance in their last film together, Cobra Verde.

Plot[edit]

The film is a biopic about the life of Niccolò Paganini, who many consider to be one of the greatest violinists who ever lived.[1]

Release information[edit]

Since its theatrical run, the film had only been released on DVD and VHS in Germany, but in late 2011, the film was released for the first time in North America on a two disc special edition DVD. The release contained deleted and extended scenes, the Cannes Film Festival interviews for the film, and both the theatrical and director's cut which added another 14 minutes of previously cut footage. [2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nicolo
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098052/releaseinfo

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