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Beware of a Holy Whore
Beware of a Holy Whore

Beware of a Holy Whore 1971

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Beware of a Holy Whore 1971 15

103 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

In an elegant Spanish hotel lobby, a film cast and crew outdo one another in displays of professional and sexual rivalry while waiting endlessly for shooting to begin. Directly inspired by the troubled shoot of his previous film, the spaghetti western Whity, Fassbinder paints the creative process as a clash of monstrous egos; of which few are more unflattering than Lou Castel's take on the tyrannical director himself.

Choreographed like a ballet to music by Peer Raben, Donizetti, Elvis Presley and Leonard Cohen – and shot by the masterly Michael Ballhaus – this is Fassbinder's gorgeous ode to filmmaking, warts and all.

Directed by

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Featuring

Margarethe von Trotta

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Hanna Schygulla

Eddie Constantine

Lou Castel

Genres

Drama

Collection

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Certificate

15 Contains strong language and moderate nudity

Released

1971

Country

Federal Republic of Germany

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