Fearless and Confrontational Live Performance
by Klaus Kinski (November 20, 1971)
One of the Most Amazing Video Performances
You Will Ever See!
a live performance written by and starring: Klaus Kinski
rare footage was edited by Peter Geyer from film shot by Kinski's crew
It is an amazing document of a great performer stressed to the breaking
point under unusual and very trying circumstances. Here is a lost performance
of an utterly insane yet wildly brilliant Klaus Kinski.
completing 11 movies in 1971 (including the classics BLACK
BEAST KILLS IN COLD BLOOD (SLAUGHTER HOTEL) and VENGEANCE
IS A DISH SERVED COLD), Mr Kinski decided to return to his roots.
Even the most rabid Kinski fans don't know that he started his career
as a narrator (making phonograph records of world literature, often
touring Europe with his recitations). That stage work had led to film
offers which abruptly halted his literature readings. However, in 1971,
Klaus decided to return to live performance.
He rented the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin Germany and organized a live
show for November 20. It was promoted as "Kinski Jesus Christ
Savior" and consisted of his own text and quotes from the New
Testament. Klaus was so full of hope that this would be the beginning
of a new chapter in his career that he hired cameramen and an audio
crew. The concert was a full house with 5000 people in attendence. But
nobody knew exactly what they were coming to see. Was this pro-Jesus,
anti-Jesus or Klaus Kinski claiming to be Jesus? He attracted an
audience of mostly young people - the counterculture generation - but
they quickly discovered this 45 year old man had little in common with
hecklers begin almost immediately and don't stop for the rest of the
official performance. Most insults are aimed at Kinski and his lifestyle.
Often he stops the show and gets into an obscene shoutng match. He leaves
the stage several times, swearing not to return, only to come back more
intense than before. Eventually, Kinski calls the evening off but some
of the audience members won't leave the theater. He returns to the stage
at 2 o'clock in the morning and completes the performance for couple
hundred remaining people.