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15 July 1983 (Italy) See more »
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Lou Castel ... Jeff, Regisseur

Eddie Constantine ... Er selbst (as Eddi Constantine)
Marquard Bohm ... Ricky, Schauspieler

Hanna Schygulla ... Hanna, Schauspielerin

Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Sascha, Herstellungsleiter

Margarethe von Trotta ... Babs, Produktionssekretärin (as Margarete von Trotta)
Hannes Fuchs ... David, Regieassistent
Marcella Michelangeli ... Margret
Karl Scheydt ... Manfred, Produzent

Ulli Lommel ... Korbinian, Aufnahmeleiter

Kurt Raab ... Fred, Ausstatter

Herb Andress ... Mark, Coach
Monica Teuber ... Billi, Maskenbildnerin (as Monika Teuber)
Benjamin Lev ... Candy, spanischer Aufnahmeleiter
Gianni Di Luigi ... Mike, Kameramann (as Gianni di Luigi)
Werner Schroeter ... Deiters, Fotograf (as Werner Schröter)
Magdalena Montezuma ... Irm

Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Oberbeleuchter (as Rudolf-Waldemar Brem)
Thomas Schieder ... Jesus, Beleuchter
Enzo Monteduro
Mario Novelli
Ingrid Caven ... Statistin
Tanja Constantine ... Linda
Katrin Schaake ... Scriptgirl
Achmed Em Bark ... Requisiteur
Michael Fengler ... Spencer
Harry Baer ... Mann der Statistin / David (voice) (as Harry Bär)
Burghard Schlicht ... Peter
Dick Randall ... Portier
Peter Berling
Toni Bianchi ... Blanco
Renato Di Laudadio (as Renato di Laudadio)
Franco Iavarone ... Bill (as Gianni Javarone)
Peter Gauhe ... Journalist
Marcello Zucchè (as Marcello Zucche)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irm Hermann ... Irm (voice) (uncredited)
Volker Lechtenbrink ... Jeff (voice) (uncredited)
Manfred Seipold ... Mark (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 

Produced by
Peter Berling .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peer Raben 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
Film Editing by
Thea Eymèsz 
Rainer Werner Fassbinder  (as Franz Walsch)
Production Design by
Kurt Raab 
Makeup Department
Sybille Danzer .... makeup artist
Maria Mastrocinque .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christian Hohoff .... unit manager
Ralph Zucker .... production delegate (as Ralp Zucker)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Baer .... assistant director (as Harry Bär)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rebato Di Laudadio .... lighting technician
Karl Huber .... assistant camera
Aldo Panzironi .... lighting technician
Enrico Simeone .... lighting technician
Marcello Zucchè .... lighting technician
Location Management
Aldo Marchiori .... location assistant
Music Department
Teodoro Cottrau .... composer: song "Santa Lucia"
Mike Kellie .... composer: song "I've Got Enough Heartaches"
Spooky Tooth .... music performers: "I've Got Enough Heartaches" and "Hangman Hang My Shell on a Tree"
Other crew
Michael Fengler .... production accountant
Katrin Schaake .... script

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte" - West Germany (original title)
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103 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 (re-rating) (2005) | Germany:18 (original rating) (1992) | Portugal:M/16

Did You Know?

Jeff, Regisseur:Are you all crazy? I want a palace, and you get me this lousy little hole! I just don't believe it! What is this? A kindergarten? Learn how to make movies first, you bastards!See more »
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One will love or loathe-I love, 23 July 2016
Author: Ore-Sama from United States

The film's story can be summed up as a cast and crew being stuck making a film that seems like it will never get off the ground: whether it's getting the film stock they need or getting the director to do his job instead of finding some other reason he can't shoot right then. During that time, the crew find ways to amuse and busy themselves.

This was a transitional period for Fassbinder: he was moving away from the abstract, visually interesting but ultimately empty Godard inspired works like "Love is Colder than Death" and "The American Soldier" and just starting to phase over to melodrama, where his great works reside. Thus this film falls somewhere between the two styles.

With the exception of a couple of scenes, there is no music. The performances, for the most part, are very low key. Only Sacha, the producer, and the director express any flare. This in of itself can be alienating, especially for those accustomed to more mainstream comedies, but there's also the looseness of the writing. There's no real arc or build up to anything. Scenes simply happen. Characters A and B might be having a fling in one scene, but two scenes later it's A and C, and it's as if A and B were never together. We'll have a scene of the director stating definitively he can't finish the film, but goes on making the movie with no obvious explanation. Yet there will be other moments that ARE followed up on later in the movie, even if only for a scene. Scene order is some times completely random. One scene of the director screaming at his crew he doesn't want to be near them could've been placed anywhere in the movie.

All of this together and it becomes easy to see why the movie is so polarizing: it is often emotionally flat, has a very slow pace(which is the opposite of what one expects from a comedy) and barely has a narrative. This is why you see reviews saying nothing happens, saying it's a waste of time or that it feels like improve.

So then why is it loved by others? Speaking as someone who loves the movie, I can answer.

First, the characters themselves. The director and producer are the highlights, but there's a wide cast of personalities and whether the film is going anywhere or not, it's a joy just to see all the various interactions between them. If you're willing to follow along and show patience for what's occurring, you'll grow to love watching these people, kind of like a family you wouldn't want to live in but watch from a distance. The unappreciated unit manager, the poor, abused translator, the often perplexed Eddie Constantine, they all bring something to the film and since there's such an abundance of them, none of them wear out their welcome.

Secondly, the movie is funny. It's sense of humor is somewhat dry, partially thanks to the mostly flat delivery, but it's there. The highlights of course being the director himself, whether flaunting his pretentiousness or screaming at the screw for often inane and petty reasons, the movie's laughs are earned. The randomness of the scene order also plays a part of this. The topic of the scene can be humorous or heavy, but it's all played out in the same way.

But above all else, even when it isn't funny, it's interesting. Whether just seeing what they'll do next or the ambient atmosphere, I never found myself bored with this movie. If you can get accustomed to it's style, it's a fascinating sit through.

This is certainly a film that requires a bit of work on the viewer's part, but I think it is well worth it.

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