Jesus Christ Saviour
- Kaleem Aftab
- 19 June 2008
This article is from 2008
(Peter Geyer, Germany) 84min
At the beginning of Werner Herzog’s engrossing documentary homage to his favourite actor and nemesis Klaus Kinski, My Best Fiend, there is a tantalising glimpse of Kinski performing his infamous 1971 Jesus concert. Finally we have an opportunity to watch the great German actor’s infamous stage performance in full as director and Kinski aficionado Peter Geyer has discovered and assembled most of the existing footage to create this definitive record of the theatrical extravaganza.
It’s engrossing to see Kinski try and fail to tell a sceptical audience the revolutionary credentials of Jesus Christ, a man with whom the actor clearly identifies a bit too closely. The camera adores Kinski and he’s mesmerising, while the finale that sees Kinski deliver his monologue to an empty stadium is haunting.
Filmhouse, Wed 25 Jun, 10pm; Thu 26 Jun, 10.15pm, £8 (£6.40).