Beware of a Holy Whore

A film about film-making with roots in Fassbinder's unhappy experience shooting Whity in Spain. A German unit stalled by financial and technical problems, lethargically brooding in a Spanish hotel, is finally galvanised by the arrival of the manic director (Castel) and laconic star (Constantine) into a frenzy of activity which ends - the film they are making is a denunciation of state-sanctioned violence - in a concerted attack on the director. Tediously self-indulgent yet fascinating, it works better in its exploration of sexual frustrations than in its thesis that cinema should not be allowed to remain 'a holy whore of entertainment'.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenwriter: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cast: Lou Castel
Hanna Schygulla
Eddie Constantine
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Marquard Bohm
Marcella Michelangeli
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