Offered the opportunity to film in Spain on Sergio Leone's sets, Fassbinder quickly dashed off 'Whity', an idiosyncratic, gothic Western about a rich, ranching family and their perpetually put-upon servant. Fassbinder wrote the script as a vehicle for his then lover Günther Kaufmann, perhaps partly as an excuse to lure him away from his family. The chaotic atmosphere of the production boils over into the vibrant cinemascope screen, making for powerful, unsettling viewing. When 'Whity' premiered it was a massive flop, failing to entice any theatrical or even television interest. It remained unavailable until the 1990's, when screenings spurred a reassessment of the film.