Well, I’m just back from my holiday in Berlin and needless to say I found a few Klaus Kinski bits and pieces over there. I visited some more Kinski-related places and took photographs, which will be posted on here when I’ve had the films processed but in the meantime here’s a little update on my new Kinski stuff:
Hanussen, Dir O W Fischer and Georg Marischka (1955). I’ve not yet got or seen this film but Klaus looks quite lovely in the pictures in this film programme so it’s on my list of wants.
Der Rächer, dir Karl Anton (1960). No pictures of Klaus here, I’m afraid, but plenty of stills from the film and lots of information. Again, this is a film I don’t yet have. I had hoped to find loads of these Film Bühne movie programmes in Berlin and although I saw quite a lot they were mostly for classical Hollywood cinema, which was both a surprise and a disappointment really. Never mind, there is always next time.
By the way, apologies for the fold marks and hole punch marks in the Hanussen programme – not my fault – but hopefully I’ve made up for it by doing high res scans.
Next up – a postcard I found at the Wasmuth museum shop at the Kinemathek. The scan is grainy due to the quality of the print, but the picture is so good it is worth including here anyway:
I’m not sure what this photo is from – Jack the Ripper? Lifespan? I dunno. Hopefully one of the Kinski superfans will tell me!
Again I have to complain that the Deutsche Kinemathek Museum für Film und Fernsehen does not love KK enough – they have very little about him and the shop only has 3 books (Christian David’s and two from Peter Geyer) and 2 postcards (the one above and the one with Romy Schneider in Nachtblende, which I posted here last time I went to Berlin). It’s just not good enough, is it? We should campaign for the Kinemathek to love KK more!
On my first evening in Berlin I made my way over to Dussmann on Friedrichstrasse and spent loads of money buying a big bunch of films and a German copy of the autobiography:
I also managed to find a copy of the Ich, Kinski book at an art book shop as well – this is possibly my favourite find of the trip. I might have to do a post on Kinski books at some point so I can say more about that.
I already had Five for Hell on DVD but as it was a Greek issue of poor quality I figured I should shell out for the remastered version shown here – especially as it has so many extras on it and features our new friend Margaret Lee. Time to celebrate as well as I now have more than 100 Klaus Kinski films in my collection!
Unfortunately upon opening the DVDs when I got back to the UK I found that some idiot at the film distribution company has put the wrong DVD in the Das indische Tuch box and they have tried to palm me off with a copy of some s***ty Harry Potter film instead of the Edgar Wallace film I wanted. I am trying to get that sorted out with Tobis and Rialto now; I shall be moaning about it if they don’t sort it out for me as I wouldn’t watch a Harry Potter film, even if I was paid. Unless Klaus was in it, of course, and he isn’t so what’s the point in that?!
I found this great (but no doubt unofficial) Klaus Kinski t-shirt on one of the flea markets as well. Looks very much like a Beat Presser Paris photo to me but I doubt very much Beat will be seeing any money from this purchase somehow!
I also found a German copy of Killer Truck (Dir Dominique Goult, 1980) for just €3 – I’ll need to see if it’s any different to the issue I already had as that seemed to have been edited quite extensively – and a copy of Vengeance Trail (Dir Pasquale Squitieri, 1971), which I had already seen but didn’t own.
All in all quite a haul but I was again disappointed not to find any film stills anywhere – I can’t seem to find any film memorabilia shops in Berlin so if anybody knows of any please let me know ready for my next trip (whenever that might be!).
That’s all for now but hopefully there will be the Klaus Kinski in Berlin photos update some time soon and, no, I’ve not forgotten that I said about 2 months ago that I would review Commando Leopard. I will do it, just psyching myself up now – deep breaths!