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Beware of a Holy Whore

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte

Instrueret af Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Vesttyskland, Italien, 1971
Komedie, Drama, Avantgarde

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 Instrueret af 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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