L.S. Klepp
November 01, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Kinski Uncut

Current Status
In Season
Klaus Kinski
Memoir, Movies, Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

Although Klaus Kinski’s electrifying stage performances and more than 160 movies made him famous in Europe, here he’s known mostly as the father of Nastassia Kinski. But the memoir Kinski Uncut should make him more familiar to Americans (and ruin quite a few appetites in the process). By his own admission, Kinski, who died in 1991, was sexual catnip to women, and on nearly every page of this book he beds them with equal-opportunity abandon — an Indian giantess, a veiled Moroccan, actresses, directors’ wives, Gypsies, hotel maids, nurses, instantly converted lesbians, total strangers, and early on, his own sister. Amid the graphic sex, sickening betrayals, soul baring, and throat-grabbing invective are episodes of Kinski’s disturbing power: shoplifting for his dirt-poor family in prewar Berlin; plunging into the Brazilian jungle with director Werner Herzog; falling in obsessive love with his Vietnamese third wife, Minhoi. B-

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