biography

Born Klaus Nakszynski in Poland on October 18, 1926, actor Klaus Kinski's family left Poland during the Great Depression and settled in Germany. At the age of 17, he joined the German armed forces, seeing combat and becoming a prisoner of war before he turned 18. (Kinski later claimed that he deserted the army and allowed himself to be captured by a British soldier. It is impossible to determine which version of the story is factual.) He took an interest in acting while in a British POW camp as a morale booster for his fellow inmates. Returning to Berlin following the war, Kinski learned that his mother and father had perished, while his sister and brothers had survived the war. With no other prospects, he embarked upon an acting career, which didn't really take off until the mid 1950s in German cinema. He quickly developed a reputation as an intense, albeit volatile, actor, which helped him land a role in his first big film, the Universal-International war picture A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958; with John Gavin and Jock Mahoney). By the early 1960s, he made a name for himself in Germany, acting in a string of B movies based on the crime novels of Edgar Wallace written largely in the 1920s, beginning with The Avenger (1960) and ending with Again the Ringer (1965).

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LEFT: Late 1960s portrait of Klaus Kinski. RIGHT: With his second daughter, actress Nastassja Kinski, in 1978


In 1965, Kinski broke out with roles in Doctor Zhivago (1965; with Omar Sharif and Julie Christie) and the popular spaghetti western For a Few Dollars More (1965; with Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef). He enjoyed a run of supporting and starring roles in successful films, including Killer's Carnival (1966; with Stewart Granger and Lex Barker) and Five Golden Dragons (1967; with Robert Cummings and Margaret Lee). The zenith of his acting career came in five critically acclaimed, low-budget films he made with director Werner Herzog: Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979; with Isabelle Adjani), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982; with Claudia Cardinale), and Cobra Verde (1987). Although Kinski could be counted on to turn in great performances, he often picked scripts based on short production schedules and his salary demands, rather than production quality.

the films of klaus kinski

The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Klaus Kinski and William Holden

With William Holden in the Paramount thriller The Counterfeit Traitor

The Last Ride to Santa Cruz (1964)

Klaus Kinski, Mario Adorf, and Marisa Mell

From the German western The Last Ride to Santa Cruz with Mario Adorf and Marisa Mell

The Pleasure Girls (1965)

Suzanna Leigh and Klaus Kinski

Suzanna Leigh and Klaus Kinski enjoy a fling in swinging 1960s London in the drama The Pleasure Girls

That Man in Istanbul (1965)

Klaus Kinski and Horst Buchholz

Kinski threatens protagonist Horst Buchholz in the eurospy adventure That Man in Istanbul

Five Golden Dragons (1967)

Maria Perschy and Klaus Kinski

Kinski tortures Maria Perschy in the eurospy thriller Five Golden Dragons. Shot in Hong Kong, this film was produced by B movie auteur Harry Alan Towers

The Cats (1968) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Giuliano Gemma, Rita Hayworth, and Klaus Kinski

Giuliano Gemma and Klaus Kinski are brothers and partners in crime in the Warner Bros. thriller The Cats. Also pictured is Rita Hayworth, in one of her final film roles

The Night of the Assassin (1970)

Klaus Kinski

From the Italian war film The Night of the Assassin

Only the Cool (1970)

Klaus Kinski and Stéphane Audran

From the French crime thriller Only the Cool with Stéphane Audran

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

Klaus Kinski

From Werner Herzog's adventure Aguirre: The Wrath of God, shot in Peru for $375,000

Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

Klaus Kinski

Kinski portrays Dr. Sturges in the Italian horror flick Death Smiles on a Murderer

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Klaus KinskiKlaus Kinski and Isabelle Adjani

LEFT: In his best horror film, Kinski portrays the vampire in Nosferatu the Vampyre, a remake of the 1922 version starring Max Schreck. RIGHT: With Isabelle Adjani

Woyzeck (1979) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Klaus Kinski

Kinski portrays the emotionally disturbed title character in Werner Herzog's drama Woyzeck

Buddy Buddy (1981)

Paula Prentiss and Klaus Kinski

With Paula Prentiss in the Billy Wilder comedy Buddy Buddy, released by MGM. This big-budget film lost money at the box office and was Wilder's last film

Android (1982)

Klaus KinskiKlaus Kinski, Don Keith Opper, and Kendra Kirchner

LEFT: As Dr. Daniel in the low-budget sci-fi outing Android, released by Roger Corman's New World Pictures. RIGHT: Kinski struggles with android Don Keith Opper after making a pass at Kendra Kirchner. Opper wrote the script for this film

Venom (1982) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, and Sterling Hayden

With Oliver Reed and Sterling Hayden in the horror flick Venom

Timestalkers (1987)

Klaus Kinski

From the CBS made-for-TV science fiction flick Timestalkers

later years

Although Klaus Kinski acted in a variety of film genres, his horror films are arguably the most fascinating of his career. Some of his best horror roles came in Creature with the Blue Hand (1967; with Harald Leipnitz), Jess Franco's Count Dracula (1970; with Christopher Lee and Herbert Lom), and his excellent performance as the title character in Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979; with Isabelle Adjani).

At times notoriously difficult to work with, Kinski frequently alienated himself from directors, other actors, and even his own family. He furthered this alienation when his autobiography, All I Need is Love, was published in English in 1988. Among others, Marlene Dietrich threatened to sue him for libel, and a copyright dispute between the German and English publishing companies saw the book pulled out of circulation. The revised version, titled Kinski Uncut, was published posthumously. He ended his acting career with the biodrama Kinski Paganini (1989), a film he wrote, directed, and starred in. Sadly, Klaus Kinski passed away from a heart attack in Marin County, California, on November 23, 1991, at the age of 65. He was survived by two daughters, actresses Pola and Nastassja Kinski, and his son, actor Nikolai Kinski.

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The Avenger [DVD](1960) DVD
Edgar Wallace penned this mystery in which the heads of people who suffered from incurable diseases are being discovered throughout London. A Scotland Yard inspector called in to investigate the killings is led to a movie set where the suspects include a young actress, a sword-collecting millionaire and a hairy servant raised by animals in the jungle. Heinz Drache, Ingrid Van Bergen, Klaus Kinski star in this German thriller. 95 min. Dubbed in English. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono.

Dead Eyes Of London [DVD](1961) DVD
Klaus Kinski is just one of the villains in this sensational Edgar Wallace story, filmed previously as "The Human Monster." An evil reverend uses blind inmates at an institution to commit a series of profitable murders. AKA: "Dark Eyes of London." 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) mono. Dubbed in English. Plays All Regions.

The Strange Countess [DVD](1961) DVD
Based on an Edgar Wallace story, this mystery concerns the murder of a girl and its connection to another unsolved killing that occurred 20 years earlier. Lil Dagover, Joachim Fuchsberger, Klaus Kinski star in this German thriller. Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

The Door With Seven Locks [DVD](1962) DVD
Creepy remake of the Edgar Wallace thriller about a man who leaves seven heirs keys to a vault with a treasure inside. When each attempts to use their key, bizarre events occur. Klaus Kinski, Heinz Drache and Eddi Arent star in this German mystery. Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

The Counterfeit Traitor [DVD](1962) DVD
In 1942, oil trader Eric Erickson (William Holden)--an American-born Swede--found himself blackballed by the Allies for having dealt with the Axis. British Intelligence was willing to scrub his record...if he, in turn, was willing to infiltrate German refineries and report his findings. Intense, fact-based tale of espionage co-stars Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Eva Dahlbeck; keep an eye out for Klaus Kinski. 140 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.

Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard [DVD](1963) DVD
Germany's answer to Fu Manchu takes over the body of a professor and uses his "hypno-ray" gun and tries to take over England (whose royal family includes a "Princess Diana"). Wolfgang Preiss, Sabine Bethmann, Klaus Kinski, Peter Van Eyck star. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

The Black Abbot (Der Abt Schwarze) [DVD](1963) DVD
Edgar Wallace's page-turner comes to life in this gripping mystery involving a sinister black-hooded figure who is witnessed disappearing into an abandoned Abbey tower. When a group of noblemen arrive in search of a treasure rumored to be hidden there, they encounter unthinkable horror in the form of the dark foe. Joachim Fuchsberger, Grit Bottcher, Dieter Borsche star. Soundtrack: Engli sh (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

Secret Of The Black Widow (Das Geheimnis Der Schwarzen Witwe) [DVD](1963) DVD
In this slick German-Spanish thriller, the "black widow" in question is not a femme fatale but a special kind of bullet, found inside the bodies of three murder victims. The London police are baffled but plunge ahead in their investigation, hoping to nab the killer before the nasty calling card claims another innocent life. Karin Dor, Klaus Kinski, and Doris Kirchner star. 99 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

Mark Of The Tortoise [DVD](1964) DVD
When a man becomes bent on finding out who killed his rich uncle, he is drawn into a mysterious and treacherous crime outfit known as "the Tortoise." Gotz George, Hildegarde Knef and Klaus Kinski star. AKA: "Waiting Room to the Beyond." Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

For A Few Dollars More [Blu-ray](1965)
Clint Eastwood squints his way to the top in Sergio Leone's slam-bang sequel to "A Fistful of Dollars." This time around, the Man with No Name is on the hunt for a ruthless bandit (Gian Maria Volonte), as is his rival, the brutal wanderer Colonel Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef). Unable to capture their shared foe alone, both men agree to an uneasy partnership in order to get their prey before he gets them. With Klaus Ki nski, Mara Krupp. 132 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary; featurettes; radio spots; theatrical trailers.

For A Few Dollars More (2-Disc DVD Collector's Set) [DVD](1965) DVD
Clint Eastwood squints his way to the top in Sergio Leone's slam-bang sequel to "A Fistful of Dollars." This time around, the Man with No Name is on the hunt for a ruthless bandit (Gian Maria Volonte), as is his rival, the brutal wanderer Colonel Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef). Unable to capture their shared foe alone, both men agree to an uneasy partnership in order to get their prey before he gets them. With Klaus Ki nski, Mara Krupp. 132 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Surround stereo; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary; featurettes; radio spots; theatrical trailer. Two-disc set.

Again, The Ringer [DVD](1965) DVD
The criminal master of disguise known as "The Ringer" launches a daring attack on British thugs who dare to commit crimes using his infamous moniker. No one knows his true name! No one knows what he looks like! And now, The Ringer will make these dishonorable miscreants pay! Adapted from a novel by English mystery scribe Edgar Wallace; Heinz Drache, Brigitte Horney, and Klaus Kinski star. Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: none. In German; no subtitles.

Doctor Zhivago (Digibook) [Blu-ray](1965)
David Lean's epic screen adaptation of the Boris Pasternak novel stars Omar Sharif as the Russian doctor and writer branded an enemy of the state after the 1917 Revolution. Winner of five Academy Awards, the sweeping blend of drama and romance also stars Julie Christie, Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, and Geraldine Chaplin. 3 1/3 hrs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, French; interviews; screen test; audio commentary by Sharif, Steiger; "making of" documentary; 45th anniversary retrospective; theatrical trailer; bonus audio CD; 44-page book. Three-disc set.

Doctor Zhivago (Anniversary Edition) [DVD](1965) DVD
David Lean's epic screen adaptation of the Boris Pasternak novel stars Omar Sharif as the Russian doctor and writer branded an enemy of the state after the 1917 Revolution. Winner of five Academy Awards, the sweeping blend of drama and romance also stars Julie Christie, Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, and Geraldine Chaplin. 3 1/3 hrs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; audio commentary by Sharif, Steiger, others; "making of" documentary; featurettes; 45th anniversary retrospective; theatrical trailer; screen test; more. Two-disc set.

A Bullet For The General [Blu-ray](1966)
Gun-blazing thriller set in revolutionary Mexico, as an enigmatic mercenary joins up with rebel forces attempting to overthrow the government. Whose side, though, is he really on? Klaus Kinski, Gian-Maria Volonte, Martine Beswick star. AKA: "El Chuncho, Quien Sabe?" 113 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish. Dubbed in English.

A Bullet For The General [DVD](1966) DVD
Gun-blazing thriller set in revolutionary Mexico, as an enigmatic mercenary joins up with rebel forces attempting to overthrow the government. Whose side, though, is he really on? Klaus Kinski, Gian-Maria Volonte, Martine Beswick star. AKA: "El Chuncho, Quien Sabe?" 113 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailers. Dubbed in English.

Bang! Bang! You're Dead! [Blu-ray](1966)
An American tourist (Tony Randall) hoping for some excitement during a journey to Morocco should've been careful what he wished for, as he gets embroiled with a beautiful CIA agent (Senta Berger) and a gaggle of ruthless spies ready to kill for the critical documents he now inadvertently possesses. Thrilling espionage comedy co-stars Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Terry-Thomas. AKA: "Our Man in Marrakesh." 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Bang! Bang! You're Dead! [DVD](1966) DVD
An American tourist (Tony Randall) hoping for some excitement during a journey to Morocco should've been careful what he wished for, as he gets embroiled with a beautiful CIA agent (Senta Berger) and a gaggle of ruthless spies ready to kill for the critical documents he now inadvertently possesses. Thrilling espionage comedy co-stars Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Terry-Thomas. AKA: "Our Man in Marrakesh." 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Grand Slam [DVD](1967) DVD
Globetrotting heist classic in which a school teacher decides to go for a big score by orchestrating an elaborate diamond robbery. After rounding up a group of experts that includes a safecracker, an electronics wizard, a con artist and a thief, the teacher tries to nab the gems--in Rio De Janeiro during Carnivale time. Edward G. Robinson, Janet Leigh, Klaus Kinski and Adolfo Celi star. 119 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.

Five For Hell [DVD](1967) DVD
Europe, 1944: Five misfit soldiers are sent on a suicide mission into Nazi territory to retrieve attack plans. No one expected them to come out alive...but then no one asked them. Exciting WWII thriller stars John Garko, Nick Jordan, and Klaus Kinski. AKA: "Five Into Hell." Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

The Christopher Lee Collection [DVD] DVD
Four-disc boxed set includes "Circus of Fear," "The Blood of Fu Manchu," "The Castle of Fu Manchu," and "The Bloody Judge."

Circus Of Fear (Widescreen Version) [DVD](1967) DVD
What is the connection between a deadly bank heist and a sinister circus? There's murder under the big top in this grisly thriller, based on an Edgar Wallace novel. Christopher Lee, Leo Genn, Suzy Kendall, and Klaus Kinski star. AKA: "Psycho Circus." 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; biographies; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailer.

The Cats [DVD](1968) DVD
Thrilling Euro-actioner stars Giuliano Gemma and Klaus Kinski as career criminal brothers whose ties are tested and ultimately broken by a slinky seductress (Margaret Lee), who ensures that only one will walk away with the take from their biggest jewel heist. With Claudine Auger and, in one of her last roles, Rita Hayworth as the boys' alcoholic mom. AKA: "The Bastard." 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Marquis De Sade's Justine [DVD](1969) DVD
Shocking and perverse chiller, loosely based on the works of the Marquis De Sade, follows two sisters on a harrowing series of encounters in 17th-century France. Jack Palance and Klaus Kinski star in director Jess Franco's blend of horror and eroticism. AKA: "Deadly Sanctuary." 124 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; biography; photo gallery; poster gallery; more.

Double Face (A Doppia Faccia) [DVD](1969) DVD
Mystery/suspense shocker about a millionaire industrialist who uses a car bomb to kill his lesbian wife, then thinks he sees her in an adult film. But is his former love really alive, or is something more sinister happening? Thriller based on Edgar Wallace's novel "The Face in the Night" stars Klaus Kinski, Christiane Kruger, Gunther Stoll. AKA: "Puzzle of Honors." Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

Venus In Furs [DVD](1970) DVD
An American jazz musician in Rio confronts a mysterious woman who looks like a woman he found dead months before in Istanbul and is drawn into a sordid sexual demimonde. Homosexuality, masochism and murder all play parts in this intense adult drama from director Jess Franco. James Darren, Maria Rohm, Barbara McNair and Klaus Kinski star. AKA: "Paroxysmus." 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; interviews; biography; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailer.

And God Said To Cain... (1970)/Twice A Judas [DVD](1969) DVD
Usually cast as a "spaghetti western" villain, Klaus Kinski plays an innocent man, freed after 10 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit, who rides back into town with vengeance foremost on his mind. Director Antonio Margheriti's moody frontier thriller "And God Said to Cain..." also stars Peter Carsten and Lee Burton. Next, "Twice a Judas" finds gunman Antonio Sabato awakening after being shot in the head and discovering he has lost his memory. Can the amnesiac Sabato piece together who he is and who shot him, and what will happen once he does? Kinski, Jose Calvo co-star. AKA: "They Were Called Graveyard." Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed); photo gallery; trailers. Dubbed in English.

Count Dracula [DVD](1970) DVD
Christopher Lee is the Prince of Vampires once again in director Jess Franco's frightening film adaptation of the original Bram Stoker novel. With Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, and Klaus Kinski as the demented Renfield. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurettes; photo gallery; more.

To Kill A Jackal [DVD](1971) DVD
A band of outlaws heads for Mexico, where a fortune in stolen gold is waiting for them, but the mysterious stranger guiding them has his own deadly agenda, and before long the crooks are at one another's throats. Klaus Kinski, John Ely, Paul Sullivan star. AKA: "Renegade Gun," "Shoot the Living...Pray for the Dead." 89 min. Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

Fistful Of Bullets: A Spaghetti Western Collection [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Gunfight at Red Sands," "Johnny Yuma," "Between God, The Devil and a Winchester," "Death Rides a Horse," "Beyond the Law" (1968), "Find a Place to Die," "This Man Can't Die," "Twice a Judas," "Fistful of Lead," "Sundance and the Kid," "It Can Be Done Amigo," "The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe," "The Grand Duel," "Trinity and Sartana," "Apache Blood," and "God's Gun." 25 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Shoot The Living...Pray For The Dead (Prega Il Morto E Ammazza Il Vivo) [DVD](1971) DVD
A band of outlaws heads for Mexico, where a fortune in stolen gold is waiting for them, but the mysterious stranger guiding them has his own deadly agenda, and before long the crooks are at one another's throats. Klaus Kinski delivers a memorably mad performance as a violent gangster; John Ely, Paul Sullivan also star. AKA: "To Kill a Jackal," "Renegade Gun." Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

The Fighting Fists Of Shanghai Joe [DVD](1972) DVD
Exciting blend of martial arts action and Euro-Western thrills stars Chen Lee as a kung fu fighter who comes to North America and quickly finds himself battling a bunch of tough thugs who are brutalizing poor Mexican farmers. Klaus Kinski, Claudio Undari co-star. AKA: "The Dragon Strikes Back," "My Name Is Shanghai Joe," "Shanghai Joe," "To Kill or to Die." 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed); theatrical trailer. Dubbed in English.

Le Amanti Del Mostro (The Lover Of The Monster) [DVD](1972) DVD
This retelling of the "Frankenstein" story stars Klaus Kinski as a scientist experiencing marital troubles with his beautiful wife. After finding his scientist father's diaries, Kinski begins delving into ways to reanimate the dead through a machine that uses cadavers to bring people back to life. But will the experiments drive him mad as they did his father? With Katia Christine, Marzia Damon. 88 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; interviews; photo gallery. In Italian with English subtitles.

The Naughty Cheerleader [DVD](1972) DVD
A rare sexploitation item starring Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton as a sex kitten from Scranton whose sexual misadventures take her to Boston (where she and an old sea captain do the nasty) to Miami (where she's paid $3000 to have sex while impersonating Miss Luxembourg) to Italy (where she learns about the casting couch). Klaus Kinski, Clyde Ventura, Broderick Crawford, and Lionel Stander also star; look for Ed Begley, Jr. as a bellhop. AKA: "How Did a Nice Girl Like You Get Into This Business?" 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.

The Bloody Hands Of The Law [DVD](1973) DVD
When a crime boss is murdered during a stay in a high-security hospital and the only witness turns up dead, a loose-cannon police detective becomes obsessed with finding the killers, even if it means taking on the Mafia and going up against corrupt cops. Klaus Kinski, Philippe Leroy, Cyril Cusack, Silvia Monti. 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed); photo gallery.

Lifespan [DVD](1974) DVD
Mourning the death of a colleague who dabbled in the secrets of immortality, an American scientist (Hiram Keller) traces his dead friend's associations to a reclusive industrialist known as "the Swiss Man." When this mystery man turns out to be the maniacal (surprise, surprise) Klaus Kinski, the possibilities of subverting the laws of both God and man become terrifying and tragic. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; interview; theatrical trailers.

Operation Thunderbolt [DVD](1977) DVD
The daring 1976 rescue by Israeli forces of a passenger plane hijacked to Uganda is stunningly retold in this Oscar-nominated drama, made in cooperation with the Israeli government. Klaus Kinski and Sybil Danning star. 115 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Hebrew Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Russian, Hebrew; documentary; more. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Two-disc set.

Woyzeck [DVD](1978) DVD
A quiet, repressed military orderly is driven to insanity and, ultimately, murder by those around him in this visually gripping drama by Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski gives a typically fevered performance as the harried Woyzeck; with Eva Mattes. 82 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; biographies; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles.

Burden Of Dreams [DVD](1982) DVD
A great film about making films, Les Blank's documentary follows German director Werner Herzog's struggle against all odds to complete his 1982 drama "Fitzcarraldo" in the jungles of Peru. Along with Herzog and star Klaus Kinski, the movie's original leads, Jason Robards and Mick Jagger, are featured in this incredible chronicle. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: German, English and Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; deleted scenes; bonus short "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" (1980); interview; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. In German, English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Love & Money [DVD](1982) DVD
Investment banker Ray Sharkey falls in love with Ornella Muti, the beautiful wife of international financier Klaus Kinski, and soon gets caught in a web of intrigue involving Kinski's plans to take control of silver mines from a South American dictator. James Toback's stylish film also features Armand Assante, Susan Heldfond, King Vidor, and Sonny Gibson. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Venom [DVD](1982) DVD
A sexy maid, a psychotic chauffeur and an international terrorist all play parts in kidnapping a young boy from his wealthy parents. But the tide turns against the criminal crew when a cop is killed and a Black Mamba snake gets loose in their hideout. Suspenseful and shock-filled slithery horror stars Nicol Williamson, Susan George, Oliver Reed, Klaus Kinski, Sarah Miles and Sterling Hayden. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS 6.1 ES, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital Surround stereo; audio commentary; theatrical trailer; TV spots; poster gallery; photo gallery; biographies.

The Little Drummer Girl [DVD](1984) DVD
A riveting adaptation of John Le Carre's blockbuster novel finds Diane Keaton as an American actress involved in terrorism and blackmail in the Middle East. Recruited by Israeli intelligence, Keaton becomes caught up in the war between the Israelis and the Palestinians and slowly begins to lose herself in the dangerous new role of double agent. With Klaus Kinski, Yorgo Voyagis; directed by George Roy Hill. 130 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Creature [DVD](1985) DVD
Klaus Kinski and Wendy Schaal star in this sci-fi shocker about a space expedition that uncovers an age-old terror: an indestructible, carnivorous monster that cannot be stopped. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; filmographies; biographies; photo gallery; more.

Star Knight [DVD](1985) DVD
Sci-fi actioner set in a medieval village where a beautiful princess finds an alien being stranded there. She teams up with a scientist to protect him from a mercenary soldier and a corrupt clergyman. Harvey Keitel, Klaus Kinski and Fernando Rey star. 91 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; biographies; filmographies; photo gallery; more.

Crawlspace [Blu-ray](1986)
To the pretty tenants of his "women only" Rhode Island apartment house, landlord Klaus Kinski seems like a perfect gentleman. What the ladies don't know is that Kinski is a demented psychopath who spies on them within the building's crawlspaces and has built special torture chambers to prey on them. Will anyone survive? Mind-bending shocker also stars Talia Balsam, Barbara Whinnery, Tane McClure. 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English; audio commentary.

Cobra Verde [DVD](1987) DVD
For what proved to be his last film with frequent star Klaus Kinski, writer/director Werner Herzog crafted this lush historical drama featuring Kinski as an 19th-century Brazilian peasant-turned-bandit who is hired to travel to West Africa to revive the slave trade. As the manic Kinski befriends the equally unstable king of Dahomey, he raises up an army of women warriors to try and topple the ruler. 110 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: German Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English; audio commentary by Herzog; biographies; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.

Kinski Paganini [DVD](1989) DVD
At last--see the Klaus Kinski movie Werner Herzog refused to make! Who else could direct his final performance but Kinski himself, in this crazed and erotic biopic of Italian violinist Niccolo Paganini? As daring and innovative as its subject, writer/director/star Kinski's film about the controversial musician (and the demons he battled while astonishing the world with his artistry) is equal parts maddening, baffling, and unforgettable. Co-stars Nicola Caprioglio and Nikolai Kinski (his wife and son), Eva Grimaldi. Theatrical version; 84 min./Director's cut; 98 min. Standard; Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital stereo, English Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital stereo; behind-the-scenes footage; deleted scenes; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. In Italian; no subtitles/Dubbed in English. Two-disc set.

My Best Fiend [DVD](1999) DVD
The fruitful but often bizarre collaboration between actor Klaus Kinski and filmmaker Werner Herzog is chronicled in this incisive documentary directed by Herzog. The actor-director tandem led to such works as "Aguirre, The Wrath of God" and "Nosferatu the Vampyre," but, as revealed here, their intense natures often clashed in violent confrontations. 100 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: German Dolby Digital Surround, English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.

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Kinski Paganini (1989) with Nikolai Kinski and Marcel Marceau
Vampire in Venice (1988) with Christopher Plummer and Donald Pleasence
Grandi cacciatori (1988) with Harvey Keitel
Cobra Verde (1987) with Jose Lewgoy
Timestalkers (1987) with William Devane, Lauren Hutton, John Ratzenberger, and Forrest Tucker
Crawlspace (1986) with Talia Balsam and Tane McClure
Revenge of the Stolen Stars (1986) with Barry Hickey
Star Knight (1985) with Harvey Keitel and Fernando Rey
Commando Leopard (1985) with Lewis Collins
Creature (1985) with Stan Ivar, Wendy Schaal, and Lyman Ward
The Little Drummer Girl (1984) with Diane Keaton
Code Name: Wild Geese (1984) with Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, and Mimsy Farmer
The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud (1984) with Bud Cort, Carol Kane, Marisa Berenson, Carroll Baker, and Dick Shawn
Android (1982) with Norbert Weisser
The Soldier (1982) with Ken Wahl
Fitzcarraldo (1982) with Claudia Cardinale and José Lewgoy
Love & Money (1982) with Ray Sharkey, Armand Assante, and King Vidor
Buddy Buddy (1981) with Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss, and Dana Elcar
Venom (1981) with Oliver Reed, Sterling Hayden, Susan George, and Michael Gough
Fruits of Passion (1981)
Schizoid (1980) with Donna Wilkes, Marianna Hill, and Craig Wasson
La femme enfant (1980)
Haine (1980) with Maria Schneider
Woyzeck (1979) with Eva Mattes
Zoo Zero (1979)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) with Isabelle Adjani
The Song of Roland (1978) with Alain Cuny
Death of a Corrupt Man (1977) with Alain Delon
Operation Thunderbolt (1977) with Sybil Danning
The French Woman (1977) with Murray Head
Golden Night (1976)
Jack the Ripper (1976) with Josephine Chaplin
The Net (1975) with Mel Ferrer
A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot (1975) with Terence Hill, Patrick McGoohan, and Rik Battaglia
Lifespan (1975) with Hiram Keller and Tina Aumont
Return of Shanghai Joe (1975) with Karin Field
That Most Important Thing: Love (1975) with Romy Schneider and Fabio Testi
Le orme (1975) with Florinda Bolkan and John Karlsen
Eroi all'inferno (1974)
The Hand That Feeds the Dead (1974) with Katia Christine
Who Stole the Shah’s Jewels? (1974) with Terry-Thomas and Gregory Walcott
Shanghai Joe (1973) with Gordon Mitchell and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
The Bloody Hands of the Law (1973) with Cyril Cusack
Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973) with Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) with Helena Rojo
A Noose Is Waiting for You Trinity (1972) with George Martin
A Fistful of Death (1971) with Gordon Mitchell
Black Killer (1971)
Eye of the Spider (1971) with Antonio Sabato, Van Johnson, and Lucretia Love
Price Of Death (1971)
Web of the Spider (1971) with Anthony Franciosa, Michele Mercier, Karin Field, and Raf Baldassarre
Death's Dealer (1971)
Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971) with Paolo Casella
Slaughter Hotel (1971) with Margaret Lee, Rosalba Neri, and John Karlsen
His Name Was King (1971) with Richard Harrison
Coffin Full of Dollars (1971) with Jeff Cameron, Jack Betts, and Gordon Mitchell
The Beast (1970) with Paolo Casella
Churchill's Leopards (1970) with Richard Harrison, Helga Line, and Massimo Righi
The Night of the Assassin (1970) with Michael Craig, Eva Renzi, Adolfo Celi, George Sanders, Margaret Lee, and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Only the Cool (1970) with Lilli Palmer, Michel Constantin, and Noëlle Adam
Count Dracula (1970) with Christopher Lee and Herbert Lom
And God Said to Cain (1970) with Peter Carsten
The Naughty Cheerleader (1970) with Barbi Benton, Broderick Crawford, and Lionel Stander
Sartana the Gravedigger (1969) with Gianni Garko and Gordon Mitchell
Venus in Furs (1969) with James Darren, Barbara McNair, Dennis Price, and Margaret Lee
Salt in the Wound (1969) with George Hilton
Gangster's Law (1969) with Helene Chanel
Double Face (1969) with Christiane Kruger, Sydney Chaplin, and Margaret Lee
They Were Called Graveyard (1969) with Antonio Sabato
Deadly Sanctuary (1969) with Maria Rohm, Akim Tamiroff, Mercedes McCambridge, Horst Frank, and Sylva Koscina
5 for Hell (1969) with Gianni Garko, Margaret Lee, and Samson Burke
The Great Silence (1968) with Vonetta McGee and Raf Baldassarre
The Cats (1968) with Rita Hayworth, Giuliano Gemma, Margaret Lee, and Claudine Auger
The Vatican Affair (1968) with Walter Pidgeon
Pride and Vengeance (1968) with Franco Nero and Tina Aumont
If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968) with Gianni Garko, William Berger, Sydney Chaplin, and Andrea Scotti
Coplan Saves His Skin (1968) with Margaret Lee
Psychopath (1968) with George Martin and Karin Field
The Ruthless Four (1968) with Van Heflin, Gilbert Roland, and George Hilton
Grand Slam (1967) with Janet Leigh, Adolfo Celi, and Edward G. Robinson
Five Golden Dragons (1967) with Robert Cummings, Margaret Lee, Maria Rohm, Brian Donlevy, Dan Duryea, Christopher Lee, George Raft, and Maria Perschy
The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967) with Frankie Avalon, George Nader, Shirley Eaton, Wilfrid Hyde-White, and Maria Rohm
Creature with the Blue Hand (1967) with Harald Leipnitz
A Bullet for the General (1966) with Martine Beswick
Target for Killing (1966) with Stewart Granger, Karin Dor, Curd Jurgens, Adolfo Celi, Scilla Gabel, and Molly Peters
Killer's Carnival (1966) with Stewart Granger, Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Karin Dor, and Margaret Lee
Bang! Bang! You're Dead! (1966) with Tony Randall, Senta Berger, Terry-Thomas, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White, and Margaret Lee
Psycho-Circus (1966) with Christopher Lee, Margaret Lee, and Suzy Kendall
Doctor Zhivago (1965) with Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson, and Rita Tushingham
For a Few Dollars More (1965) with Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef
The Pleasure Girls (1965) with Ian McShane and Mark Eden
That Man in Istanbul (1965) with Horst Buchholz and Sylva Koscina
The Secret Agents (1965) with Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Vittorio Gassman, Peter van Eyck, Jacques Sernas, and Georges Marchal
Again the Ringer (1965)
Traitor's Gate (1964) with Gary Raymond and Catherine Schell
Das Geheimnis der chinesischen Nelke (1964) with Horst Frank and Brad Harris
Last of the Renegades (1964) with Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Anthony Steel, Karin Dor, and Terence Hill
Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964) with Harald Leipnitz
Mark of the Tortoise (1964) with Hildegard Knef
The Last Ride to Santa Cruz (1964) with Edmund Purdom, Marianne Koch, and Marisa Mell
Piccadilly Zero Hour 12 (1963)
Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Witwe (1963) with Karin Dor
Kali Yug, la dea della vendetta (1963) with Lex Barker, Senta Berger, and Claudine Auger
Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard (1963) with Peter van Eyck
The Indian Scarf (1963) with Corny Collins
The Black Abbot (1963)
The Black Cobra (1963)
The Squeaker (1963)
Die Mondvögel (1963)
The Inn on the River (1962)
The Door with Seven Locks (1962)
Der rote Rausch (1962)
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) with William Holden, Lilli Palmer, and Hugh Griffith
Secret of the Red Orchid (1962) with Christopher Lee and Marisa Mell
The Strange Countess (1961) with Lil Dagover
The Curve (1961)
Bankraub in der Rue Latour (1961) with Curd Jurgens
The Devil's Daffodil (1961) with Christopher Lee
Dead Eyes of London (1961)
The Avenger (1960)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) with John Gavin, Liselotte Pulver, Jock Mahoney, Don DeFore, and Keenan Wynn
Corinna Darling (1956)
Waldwinter (1956) with Gert Frobe
Sarajevo (1955)
Hanussen (1955) with Liselotte Pulver
Children, Mother, and the General (1955)
Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955) with Marianne Koch
Morituri (1948)

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