From Visconti to Warhol to Madonna…

Udo Kier knew them all: Fassbinder, Visconti, Warhol. He shot with River Phoenix, undressed for and with Madonna, played Hitler umpteen times. But he actually prefers to plant trees. Encountering a collection of anecdotes.

“It’s about whether I can leave something behind in a role. An impression.” Udo Kier at the 75th Locarno Film Festival.

Alessandro Crinari

“It’s about whether I can leave something behind in a role. An impression.” Udo Kier at the 75th Locarno Film Festival.

Alessandro Crinari / TI-Press / Locarno Film Festival

Udo Kier, 77, from Cologne, is an original. The dazzling Hollywood star is presenting the Israeli film “My Neighbor Adolf” at the Locarno Film Festival. In the excitement before the premiere that evening on the Piazza Grande, he allows himself a couple of glasses of white wine; although the tongue is loose, the conversation after the agreed quarter of an hour is still at the very beginning of the amazing career. Kier doesn’t like it (“why weren’t you given so little time?”) and asks his assistant to schedule a second appointment.

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