Klaus was wonderful in Woyzeck. I was mesmerized by his face, his body language, his intensity throughout the film.
A, you talked about the closing shots (which I agree were unbelievable) but I would like to say that the opening shot of Kinski marching - the music - and the look on his face won me right away. His face is a map of distress.
Woyzeck belongs right up there with Aguirre. The scenery is not as glorious as Aguirre, but Klaus' acting was superb.
Why in the murder scene did I keep thinking about Shakespeare's Othello. "First put out the light, then put out the light."
Klaus was so driven, but even in all of his rage and confusion and pathos, I felt he loved Marie dearly and was just so deranged and tortured by things within him, he was on a path he could not get off of.
Did he live at the end? I wondered if he even wanted to.
By all means, see Woyzeck. It is one of Herzog's greatest, and certainly the best I have seen of Klaus Kinski. (And that says a lot because I loved him in Aguirre, Fitzcaraldo, and Nosferatu the Vampire.)
Thanks again, A, for telling us about this film.