Paganini (1989 film)
Kinski Paganini, also known simply as Paganini, is a 1989 Italian-French biographical film written, directed by and starring Klaus Kinski. The story is based on the life and career of composer and virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini. It was to be Kinski's final film before his death in 1991.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Klaus Kinski|
|Produced by||Augusto Caminito|
|Written by||Klaus Kinski|
|Music by||Niccolò Paganini|
|Cinematography||Pier Luigi Santi|
|Edited by||Klaus Kinski|
|Distributed by||Filmverleih Carsten Frank|
Director's Cut: 95 minutes
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 explains that Kinski repeatedly asked him to direct the film, but 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.
- Klaus Kinski as Niccolò Paganini
- Debora Caprioglio as Antonia Bianchi (credited as Debora Kinski)
- Nicolai Kinski as Achille Paganini
- Dalila Di Lazzaro as Helene von Feuerbach
- Tosca D'Aquino as Angiolina Cavanna
- Eva Grimaldi as Maria Anna Elisa Bonaparte
- Donatella Rettore as Miss Wells
- Bernard Blier as Father Caffarelli
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.