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3.8
598 Ratings

Beware of a Holy Whore

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte

West Germany, Italy, 1971
Comedy, Drama, Avant-Garde

Synopsis

In Fassbinder’s brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking, a film crew deals with an aloof star (Eddie Constantine), an abusive director (Lou Castel), and a financially troubled production.

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Beware of a Holy Whore Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The writer-director’s cynicism here about the creative process anticipates the imminent breakup of Antiteater, the theater company he cofounded in 1967; at the same time, the film’s intoxication with the possibilities of mise-en-scene are rapturous. Fassbinder later claimed that this was his favorite of his own films; it’s certainly his most furious.
October 20, 2017
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It opens with a Goofy fable recounted by Werner Schroeter in a black Stetson and closes on a Thomas Mann quote, in between there’s the countless private melodramas and irritations of the creative process, “crazier every day” and all the funnier for it. Slapping games and split-second freakouts fill the void, boredom is its own art form.
April 17, 2017
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The increasing dissolution of the shoot is captured in the kaleidoscopic fragmentation of the story, which shatters the filmmaking process into a whirl of dispersed moments of latent or blatant conflict—which is the stuff that Jeff’s film is made of. Co-starring Fassbinder himself, as an assistant whose practical wiles don’t prevent his own breakdown.
February 03, 2017
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