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Whity (1971)
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Starring: Harry Bar, Tomas Blanco, Gunther Kaufmann, Ulli Lommel, Ron Randell, Katrin Schaake, Hanna Schygulla
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Category: Foreign, Western
Studio: Image Ent.
Subtitles:
English
Length:
95 mins

 
 

 

The first of Fassbinder's psychologically complex melodramas, Whity centers around the illegitimate son of the seriously deranged Ben Nicholson.Despite being their slave, he becomes the obsession of each member of the family as they try to enlist his aid in disposing of one another.

Whity marked the first of fourteen collaborations between Fassbinder and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (Goodfells, Bram Stoker's Dracula) and the result is a unique film in the development of one of cinema's greatest and most influential talents, a lush cinemascope western shot on the sets of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns in Spain.

Winner of two German Oscars, yet virtually unseen in the U.S., Fantoma is proud to present Whity on home video for the first time.