Thursday, 23 March 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 96: Thu Apr 6

Whity (Fassbinder, 1971): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.40pm


The excellent Rainer Werner Fassbinder season continues at the BFI Southbank with this 35mm screening. Full details here. Tonight's film can also be seen at BFI Southbank on April 15th. More information here.

Chicago Reader review:  
Despite the entreaties of his white prostitute lover, Whity, the black illegitimate son and servant of a wealthy white landowner, is reluctant to abandon his dysfunctional family. G√ľnther Kaufmann endows Whity with a persuasively human combination of subservience and entitlement. In a role that straddles fiction and reality, writer-director Rainer Werner Fassbinder plays a vicious cowboy who taunts and tortures Whity: though the intensity of the blows may be exaggerated by sound effects, they're definitely landing on Kaufmann's body. Fassbinder's provocative 1970 meditation on race and class costars Hanna Schygulla and Ron Randell.
Lisa Alspector 

Here (and above) is an extract.

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