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Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 1983 (Italy)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Castel ... Jeff, Regisseur
Eddie Constantine ... Eddie (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 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 Benjamin Lev ... Candy, spanischer Aufnahmeleiter
Gianni Di Luigi Gianni Di Luigi ... Mike, Kameramann (as Gianni di Luigi)
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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 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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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West Germany | Italy

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Release Date:

15 July 1983 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Beware of a Holy Whore See more »

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Budget:

DEM 1,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Among Bob Dylan's favorite films See more »

Quotes

Jeff, Regisseur: For once in my life I wanted to make a movie without having all the responsibilities. You're producing it with my money anyway and making a balls-up of it, too. I must be nuts!
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The film begins with the line: 'Hochmut kommt vor dem Fall.' ("Pride goeth before a Fall") See more »

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References Love Is Colder Than Death (1969) See more »

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Winter Lady
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
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Fassbinder tries for 8 1/2, make it to 1 (maybe)
11 August 2002 | by m_a_singerSee all my reviews

I'll accept the previous reviewer's comments that this was supposed to be a self- parody. If so, then this shows why one of the shortest books in the library is "500 Years of German Humor."

I've loved most of Fassbinder's films, but this pretentious attrocity is an absolute void. Nothing happens, though some of the actors look like they think they should *think* that something is happening. Some have the grace to look embarrassed, but they may just have been stoned. Worse, it looks cheap - the framing is off on most of the shots (no, it's not an alienation effect - it's just sloppiness), and the print currently on video is terrible, though I doubt it looked much better in '71. Probably more was spent on glassware for the bar and cigarettes than on anything else.

The only positive things I can say are that the opening credits are nice, and that if you need a reminder of how awful early 70s clothes were, this is it.

You can have more fun digging wax out of your ears than you can watching this movie.


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