Only months after shooting 'Whity', Fassbinder made 'Beware of a Holy Whore', a satire exploring the simmering tensions between the cast and crew of a stalled film production. Holed up in a Spanish resort, the group play out a series of psychosexual games while awaiting the arrival of their abusive, egomaniacal director. A thinly fictionalised account of the on-set tyranny and dysfunction during the production of 'Whity', 'Beware of a Holy Whore' is both a scathing self-portrait and a farcical metafilm.
For Fassbinder, 'Beware of a Holy Whore' was a personal and technical breakthrough and marked the end of his avant-garde period. "With that film, we buried the Antitheatre, which was our first dream," he said. He would later come to consider it his best picture.
M | Coarse language, nudity and sexual references.
A second screening of 'Beware of a Holy Whore' will take place on Wed 15 November at 7.45pm.
Find a full list of screenings during the first part of a major retrospective of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the QAGOMA website here: https://goo.gl/fNkC5t.