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Whity is the mulatto butler of the dysfunctional Nicholson family in the south-west U.S. in 1878. The father, Ben Nicholson, has an attractive young wife, Katherine, and two sons by a ... See full summary »
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... Benjamin Nicholson
... Hanna
... Katherine Nicholson
... Davy Nicholson (as Harry Bär)
... Frank Nicholson
Tomás Martín Blanco ... Fake Mexican physician (as Tomas Blanco)
Stefano Capriati ... Judge
Elaine Baker ... Marpessa, Whity's mother
Mark Salvage ... Sheriff
Helga Ballhaus ... Judge's wife
... Whity (as Günter Kaufmann)
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Whity is the mulatto butler of the dysfunctional Nicholson family in the south-west U.S. in 1878. The father, Ben Nicholson, has an attractive young wife, Katherine, and two sons by a previous marriage; the homosexual Frank and the disabled Davy. Whity tries to carry out all their orders, however demeaning, until various of the family members ask him to kill some of the others. Written by Will Gilbert

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2 June 1971 (West Germany)  »

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Whity ging nach Osten  »

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DEM 680,000 (estimated)
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I Kill Them
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Performed by Günther Kaufmann
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As Camp as a Row of Pink Tents
15 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Never released commercially, 'Whity' remains one of Fassbinder's least seen films, and when spoken of it is usually with mild incredulity since the thing is reportedly a western. Naturally it's a western the like of which English-speaking audiences have never seen before (or at any rate since 'Red Garters'), but one that would look less eccentric to a German audience used to the popular Karl May adaptations of the sixties in which men are men and women are German. Although there are nods towards Sergio Leone - notably with Peer Raben's score - it plainly owes more to Gillo Pontecorvo's 'Queimada!' (1969) and to the 'slavery' genre of the seventies that began with Herbert Biberman's 'Slaves' in 1969 and reached its apotheosis with 'Mandingo'.

Sumptuously designed by Kurt Raab and fluidly shot in widescreen and Eastmancolor by the late Michael Ballhaus, visually it anticipates the saturated colours of Fassbinder's final extravaganzas like 'Lili Marleen' and 'Querelle' with the cast resembling waxworks. It effectively does for westerns what 'Der Amerikanische Soldat' did for gangster movies, but is far less fun; although Fassbinder's own appearance as a macho, whip-wielding cowboy is as funny as anything to be found in 'Carry On Cowboy'.


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