Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (Beware of a Holy Whore) 1970 M
7.45PM Wed 15 Nov 2017
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
It's a film about brutality. What else would one make a movie about? – Jeff in Beware of a Holy Whore
Only months after shooting Whity, Fassbinder made Beware of a Holy Whore, a satire exploring the simmering tensions between the cast and crew of a stalled film production. Holed up in a Spanish resort, the group play out a series of psychosexual games while awaiting the arrival of their abusive, egomaniacal director. A thinly fictionalised account of the on-set tyranny and dysfunction during the production of Whity, Beware of a Holy Whore is both a scathing self-portrait and a farcical metafilm, with some actors playing themselves (Hanna Schygulla, Alphaville's Eddie Constantine) and others functioning as stand-ins (Magdalena Montezuma in a red wig as Irm Hermann, Lou Castel as the leather-jacketed Fassbinder figure). For Fassbinder, Beware of a Holy Whore was a personal and technical breakthrough and marked the end of his avant-garde period. "With that film, we buried the Antitheatre, which was our first dream," he said. He would later come to consider it his best picture.
M | Coarse language, nudity and sexual references
35MM TRANSFERRED TO DCP, 1.85:1, COLOUR (EASTMANCOLOR), MONO, 103 MINUTES, WEST GERMANY/ITALY, GERMAN/ENGLISH/FRENCH/SPANISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHAEL BALLHAUS / EDITORS: THEA EYMÈSZ, RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER (AS FRANZ WALSCH) / PRODUCTION DESIGNER: KURT RAAB / MUSIC: PEER RABEN / CAST: LOU CASTEL, EDDIE CONSTANTINE, MARGARETHE VON TROTTA, RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER / PRODUCTION CO: ANTITEATER-X-FILM, MUNICH / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER FOUNDATION