Beware of a Holy Whore

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1970 film about a movie crew trapped in a Spanish seaside hotel, waiting first for the star (Eddie Constantine) to arrive and then for the director (Lou Castel) to find his inspiration. This edgy, violent, impacted movie was based on incidents that occurred during the shooting of Fassbinder's Whity, and survivors claim that it more or less accurately records the paranoia and desperate needfulness that reigned on Fassbinder's sets. It was also the last film of his ragged avant-gardist period; with the subsequent Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, he moved into an emulation of a Hollywood director's distance and control. With Hanna Schygulla, Ulli Lommel, and Magdalena Montezuma. In German with subtitles. 103 min.

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