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Beware of a Holy Whore

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Beware of a Holy Whore 15 rating

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.

Drama 1971 104 mins

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Overview

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.