by J.P., May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
Cobra Verde isn't mentioned in this book, though it's one of my all-time favorite movies. It was also one of Kinski's last. Much like that film, this book meanders here and there while dealing with some rather disturbing and blownoutofproportion situations with grace and beauty. Not even vaguely PC, he focuses predominantly on his affairs, his feuds, and his children (pausing every few pages to tell us how they changed his life and are the only magic left — quack quack) while rarely discussing the movies he's made, which he generally treats only as a source of income or irritation. He is not lacking in ego, and I'd certainly hesitate to call him a role model, but he performed anywhere and anyway (if the money was right). That attitude created one of the greatest actors the world has ever seen. If you can't agree with that, at least I can feel confident that he would. If you think this book isn't your bag, then at the very least go out and rent Cobra Verde.