Beware of a Holy Whore, called in German Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte, is a Rainer Werner Fassbinder favourite because it's about the process of film making.  It portrays the apathy and impatience of the film set and is made of many set-pieces, ridiculing the in-fighting and in-loving that goes on when a group of young people produce a work of art.

 

It's an early work in Fassbinder's canon, but it has it all in terms of the ensemble work he always put together.  Leading the fray is Lou Castel who plays a character that is effectively Fassbinder himself, a petulant and demanding child of an artist, struggling to realise a vision, using and abusing actors in order to create some pure filmic entertainment for an audience that is never discussed.  Beware of a Holy Whore is a magical work, and bravely captures a side of filmmaking we never see.

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