MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,176 this week

Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)
"Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 July 1983 (Italy)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,264 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 24 critic

On a film set there are two things missing, the film material and the director. So the actors and actresses as well as the crew try to make the best out of the situation. When the director ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 01 Jan 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 05 May 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 23 Dec 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 13 Jun 2014
 
a list of 29 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)

Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Beware of a Holy Whore.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home town of Munich to eliminate a few problem crooks for three renegade cops. He inspects ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Karl Scheydt, Elga Sorbas, Jan George
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man is released from prison and finds the society on the outside less than appealing. With several women as well as the police on his tail, he sets out to find an old friend.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Margarethe von Trotta, Harry Baer
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Unusual gangster story, in which a small-time pimp Franz, who is torn between his mistress and Bruno the gangster sent after him by the syndicate that he has refused to join. Things are ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Ulli Lommel, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake
Berlin Alexanderplatz (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla
Katzelmacher (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jorgos, a migrant worker from Greece, joins a group of young people in Munich usually hanging around. This foreigner incites hostility and jealousy among them, and he is insulted as a "... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Lilith Ungerer, Rudolf Waldemar Brem
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Beautiful, detached, laconic, consumptive Lily Brest is a streetwalker with few clients. She loves her idle boyfriend Raoul who gambles away what little she earns. The town's power broker, ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Schmid
Stars: Ingrid Caven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Annemarie Düringer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake
Women in New York (TV Movie 1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Eva Mattes, Angela Schmid, Margit Carstensen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A tramp finds a gun lying in the street.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Christoph Roser, Susanne Schimkus, Michael Fengler
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Theo, Marite, and Franz cannot make any money selling magazines door to door, so they try a little robbery.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Christoph Roser, Marite Greiselis, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
This Night (1966)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jeff, Regisseur
...
Er selbst (as Eddi Constantine)
Marquard Bohm ...
Ricky, Schauspieler
...
Hanna, Schauspielerin
...
Sascha, Herstellungsleiter
...
Babs, Produktionssekretärin (as Margarete von Trotta)
Hannes Fuchs ...
David, Regieassistent
Marcella Michelangeli ...
Margret
Karl Scheydt ...
Manfred, Produzent
...
Korbinian, Aufnahmeleiter
Kurt Raab ...
Fred, Ausstatter
...
Mark, Coach
Monica Teuber ...
Billi, Maskenbildnerin (as Monika Teuber)
Benjamin Lev ...
Candy, spanischer Aufnahmeleiter
Gianni Di Luigi ...
Mike, Kameramann (as Gianni di Luigi)
Edit

Storyline

On a film set there are two things missing, the film material and the director. So the actors and actresses as well as the crew try to make the best out of the situation. When the director arrives the material is still missing and so they still wait and try to make the best out of the situation. When the material finally arrives all folks involved into the film find themselves in a weird situation. Jealousy, competition and despair are ruling. Nobody seems to be able to break through this atmosphere, so they all still try to make the best out of the situation, but this is probably not the way to finish the film. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

15 July 1983 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Beware of a Holy Whore  »

Box Office

Budget:

DEM 1,100,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Jeff, Regisseur: Sascha, I can't take any more of this. You'll have to get someone from Germany or finish the movie yourselves! I can't go on!
Sascha, Herstellungsleiter: You know very well no one but you can finish this movie.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The film begins with the line: 'Hochmut kommt vor dem Fall.' ("Pride goeth before a Fall") See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cuba Libre (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

So Long Marianne
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An Interesting If Obscure Film About Fassbinder and His Friends
24 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

The disparity in the comments for this film really speaks to how much Fassbinder is a matter of taste, although a lot of the complaints might be due to all the references within the film to other films and to Fassbinder's own life. I'll just add that I loved this film, but I enjoy all of Fassbinder's work, even to the point where they make you dizzy or despise the man and all he wants to say. He is definitely NOT for most people...especially those who don't appreciate dry German humor. I was laughing through this whole thing...especially the way he mocks the way the traveling film company treats the local Italians (the film was set in Spain, but I believe it was actually shot in Ischia.)

You might enjoy it more if you understand a few things I noticed about it: 1) No one really pointed out how autobiographical it is...to an extreme. Since Fassbinder is using many of the friends he worked with in experimental theatre, they are essentially all playing each other, and obviously enjoying it. This makes the movie essential for Fassbinder fans. 2) There's Eddie Constantine, so this, technically, is Fassbinder's contribution to the Lemmy Caution series, much as Godard did with "Alphaville". 3) Another cinephile noted the reference to "Last Year at Marienbad"; the entire broken style of the end of the film seems to me a gentle mocking of all the Nouvelle Roman and experimental film coming out of Europe at the end of the 1960s. 4) This makes an interesting comparison not just with "Day for Night", but also "The State of Things", Wim Wenders film-within-a-film. I've also seen this film called boring, and it certainly could be seen as such; making movies IS boring. Fassbinder's interpretation is actually racing along compared to Wenders', but Wenders always has his exquisite cinematography to fall back upon. If you call it "boring", it is only because you've failed to accommodate the intent of the film. If it was trying to tell an exciting story, yeah, you would see it as a failure. But as a character study of a film company on location (I believe they were actually filming "Whity" at the same time in Ischia), this is relatively quick, to the point (less!) and a great opportunity to see how the earliest Fassbinder envisioned his own early success.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Name of Ray Charles song in movie? jcarlo4981
interesting film teejay6682
What is Sascha's (RWF's) position with the company? Mitch-4
Music in final scene oldhamtom
Discuss Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?