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

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  15 July 1983 (Italy)
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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff, Regisseur
Eddie Constantine ...
Er selbst
Marquard Bohm ...
Ricky, Schauspieler
Hanna, Schauspielerin
Sascha, Herstellungsleiter
Babs - Produktionssekretärin
Hannes Fuchs ...
Marcella Michelangeli ...
Karl Scheydt ...
Korbinian, Aufnahmeleiter
Kurt Raab ...
Monica Teuber ...
Billi, Maskenbildnerin (as Monika Teuber)
Benjamin Lev ...
Candy, spanischer Aufnahmeleiter
Gianni Di Luigi ...


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

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Before the credits the following can be found: 'Ich sage Ihnen, dass ich oft sterbensmuede bin, das Menschliche darzustellen ohne am Menschlichen teilzuhaben. - Thomas Mann' (I tell you that I am often deadly tired to represent human kind without to participate in human kind.) See more »


Referenced in The 120 Days of Bottrop (1997) See more »


Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
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19 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw the restored print today at the film forum it was stunning and lush and beautifully photographed. If you can't understand that Fassbinder's early films came out of his experiences in the theater in Germany, and the plays he wrote very often featured a group of people standing around talking, then you'll never understand this film or Fassbinder. This film is about Fassbinder, and like all his films it crosses genres widely mixing the obvious Warhol influence with films about films like Contempt, Day For Night, 81/2. It does feature a large cast of people and like the Chelsea Girls sitting around talking about nothing for four hours, Beware Of a Holy Whore features a large group of people doing whatever they want and catches them in various states of anger, sadness, drunkenness, etc. The dialogue is often amusing, but the monotony of the experience is what's important - again the link to Warhol. Moreover the director character in the film seems to me to be exactly a representation of Fassbinder and by the final half hour you really come to feel his frustration at everyone and life itself. This was Fassbinder when he directed, screaming , shouting at everyone. His reputation was widespread. In this film Fassbinder realizes his ridiculousness and decides to do it up - and that's where the self-parody comes in. If you want to see this movie for a comedy experience, next. The film is impressive, interesting, beautifully shot - one exceptional moment was the sunset shot where Jeff gets punched in the stomach. And the editing of the film half really worked well, cutting between scenes the way they did. Quite Effective. Really.

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