Title: Kinski Paganini AKA: Paganini Year: 1989 Original title: Kinski Paganini Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes Country: Italy | France Language: Italian Subtitles: English | German (.srt) Genre: Biography | Drama
Director: Klaus Kinski
Klaus Kinski ... Niccolo Paganini Deborah Caprioglio ... Antonia Bianchi (as Debora Kinski) Nikolai Kinski ... Achille Paganini Dalila Di Lazzaro ... Helene von Feuerbach Tosca D'Aquino ... Angiolina Cavanna Eva Grimaldi ... Marie Anna Elise Bonaparte Beba Balteano ... Carol Watson Fabio Carfora ... Mr. Watson Donatella Rettore ... Miss Wells Bernard Blier ... Pater Caffarelli André Thorent ... Galvano Marcel Marceau ... Pantomime Feodor Chaliapin Jr. Vittorio Ciorcalo Niels Gullov
Plot / Synopsis Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolo Paganini, who set whole Europe of the 19th century into frenzy and through whose personality Kinski offers us an incredibly profound and honest insight into his own life; a life of extremities
Review Filmed entirely using natural lighting, the film Paganini is an honest attempt by writer/director/actor Klaus Kinski to portray the life of the legendary violinist. Some of the scenes filmed indoors, particularly in the theater have an eerie surreal feel to it, much to Kinski's foresight to film it without any electrical lighting and often using only candle light for illumination. I've read Kinski's autobiography. The parallels between the two (Kinski and Paganini) are eerie and more than coincidental. Both obsessed over young girls; the younger the better. Both were and are considered to be geniuses in their respective fields. Both gave impassioned performances to the point of being referred to as being "demonic" in nature. Both made enormous sums of money, but inevitably squandered it away. And both had young sons late in life whom they absolutely and without doubt, worshipped. Originally Klaus had presented this film as a very long 3 hour plus movie. It would have been interesting to see exactly what he had in mind if this version had ever been released, but alas, producers only allowed a very sparse 82 minute cut version of what Klaus Kinski described to be the work of his life. It really is too bad that the original longer version isn't available. After viewing this film one is left with a very unfulfilled and empty feeling. Too often, there is little character development within Nicolo Paganini's aquaintances and conquests. In particular an affair with a member of a royal family. While this film outwardly appears to be little more than a tawdry, lewd effort on Kinski's part, it more importantly portrays Paganini as a suffering shell of a human being; never satisfied with anything and all too often left unsatiated, unfulfilled, and all too often, spiritually dead The film has a remarkable soundtrack thanks to the efforts of virtuoso violinist Salvatore Accardo. It also features performances by Kinski's lolita wife, Deborah Caprioglio Kinski and his son Nikolai "Nanhoi" Kinski, who both perform their roles admirably. This is a definite "must see" movie, regardless of whether or not you are a fan of Klaus Kinski. Sadly, it is the last film he ever made.
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