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Whity

1971 1h 42m Western List
100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 64% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Rainer Werner Fassbinder's tale of a servant who finally fights back against his cruel oppressors. Read More Read Less

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Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine Though the genre-blasting Whity sees Fassbinder toying with classic western conventions and trying to subvert distinctly American forms of racism, the moral catastrophes the director exposes are nonetheless played for a world-weary pathos and unive Rated: 4/4 Sep 2, 2003 Full Review Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader Fassbinder's provocative 1970 meditation on race and class. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Fassbinder's lone western. Rated: A May 26, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 4/5 Jul 24, 2005 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Whity is a great film, and deserves to be counted among Fassbinder's best. Rated: 4/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member si algo tiene el filme, es una muy bonita fotografía, además de que Fassbinder aprovecha muy bien las locaciones de famosos westerns para hacernos entender la soledad y tristeza de todos los personajes. Es un filme donde la cámara se mueve poco, donde los actores dramatizan tanto y otras veces quedan callados...y me parece el adecuado filme para acercarse a Fassbinder. No fué mucho de mi agrado, pero me permitió conocer a este interesante director. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member An off-beat Brecht like take on the western. It's not a great film but it is perhaps one of the more interesting foreign films I have seen. Excellent cinematography and production design. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member I want to like Fassbinder. But like Guy Maddin, he makes films that are visually striking but desperately in need of a good writer. The cinematography is amazing, particularly the use of lighting and color. But the story is a sophomoric look at racism, complete with "ironic" black-face and white-face (and blue-face). I don't like Westerns to begin with, and I certainly don't like German melodramatic Westerns. I usually hate the term "artsy-fartsy," but in this case it applies. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A western with German as spoken language, theatrical scenes, including mask-like makeup, a wonderful film which should be more famous than it is. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member This Movie is the perfect Perfomance of a Southern Patriarchs House they wealthy but disastrous the Patriarch is a mean Facsist who don't give a Fuck about anybody else his Wife is depressed and abject one Son is Gay and bored one his retarded and the Third Son is his Slave which Monster hold his own Son as a Slave Whity is typical Uncle Tom serving his Master don't ever say a bad Word to him and do anything he wants but everything has a End sometime in this Movie you really feel this disturbing Audience, a really nonconform Western and one of Fassinders best Movies Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Ohhh I love this movie. One of the weirdest genres to date. A German Western about racism, family dysfunction, social acceptance, xenophobia, and the craving of complete difference. All shot in a Spaghetti Western style with some wickedly stylish shots of our foreign hero. Such a fun watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Rainer Werner Fassbinder's tale of a servant who finally fights back against his cruel oppressors.
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Producer
Ulli Lommel, Peer Raben
Screenwriter
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Production Co
Antiteater-X-Film, Ulli Lommel, Atlantis Films Limited
Genre
Western
Original Language
German
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 25, 2000
Runtime
1h 42m