Eventually, Klaus got behind the camera and directed himself as the fiery composer and violinist. It's a wild flick, I'll say that, with Kinski delivering an intense performance that's hard to take your eyes off... even when the flick around him falters.
Now the folks at Mya Entertainment, who brought us EVIL FACE (aka THE HAND THAT FEEDS THE DEAD) a couple years ago are finally making PAGANINI available in the United States and it appears that the two-disc DVD set due out in early November contains most if not all of the material found on the Region 2 PAL set.
Here's what the TCM website has to say:
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.You can pre-order the set now at Amazon.
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