Warning of a holy hooker

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Original title Warning of a holy hooker
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1971
length 103 minutes
Age rating FSK from 18/16 *
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
script Rainer Werner Fassbinder
production antiteater -X-film, Nova International , Rome
music Peer Raven , with songs by Ray Charles , Leonard Cohen , Gaetano Donizetti , Elvis Presley , Rod Stewart and Spooky Tooth
camera Michael Ballhaus
cut Franz Walsch
(= Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Thea Eymèsz

Warning of a holy whore is the ninth feature and feature film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the last one produced by the antiteater -X-film.


The film shows the shooting of a film team in Spain, waiting for its director, the main actor and the check for the film funding . Upon arrival, Jeff, the director, becomes the focus of the action. Apathy and hysteria, intrigues, envy, affairs, the exercise of power and submission mix in the central meeting point, the bar, where Cuba Libre is consumed in large quantities. Alternating pairs and groups emerge. Hanna falls in love with the main actor Eddie. Director Jeff and production manager Sascha try to organize the chaos through authoritarian behavior. The film team rebels against the director in small, spontaneous, rather unorganized actions. In one shot, Jeff explains to his cameraman how he imagines a scene to be shot and what this has to do with the film title “La Patria o La Muerte” (Fatherland or Death) in the context of a film that opposes “state-sanctioned brutality “Turn. Leading actor Eddie initially refuses to kill a person in front of the camera. When the choleric Jeff slaps the production secretary Babs while drunk, he is knocked down by her companion. Only then can the recordings begin and the film will now be made despite all adversities and circumstances.


The film recaps the shooting of Whity . It was shot in September / October 1970 in Sorrento , Italy. The action has been moved to Spain for authenticity. The film is the motto

"Haughtiness comes before the event"

- Bible, Book of Proverbs

taken, prefixed, then in the credits a quote from Thomas Mann's Tonio Kröger :

"I tell you that I am often dead tired to portray the human without participating in the human ..."

- Thomas Mann

Background and production notes

As a warning of a holy whore , Fassbinder called the group members together again. On the first day of shooting, he wrote to implore them

"Dear friends or comrades or something: Let's look at the work on this film as the last chance to check why it went this way and not otherwise."

- Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the first press issue, 1970

The film was shown for the first time on August 28, 1971 at the Venice International Film Festival ( Attenzione alle puttana santa ). In the Federal Republic of Germany the film was released in Hamburg cinemas on September 1, 1971, and in West Berlin on October 22, 1971. It had its television premiere on January 2, 1972 in the NDR program .

In 1972 a legal dispute broke out over the music titles used, the production companies could not raise the money claims and thus only an acoustically corrected, "mutilated" version was shown. On the tenth anniversary of his death in 1992, the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation bought the music rights and released an authorized version into cinemas on May 14, 1992.


On August 23, 2005 Arthaus Filmvertrieb released a DVD. Furthermore, the film was released in the two thousand and one edition under the number Film 4/1971. The DVDs contain the FSK rating from 16 * years. During the FSK test (number 44070) on October 19, 1971, the warning of a holy hooker was released from the age of 18 *.

Statements from the director

“Without their realizing it, something has arisen out of dramatic hysteria and clichéd passion that they could never quite grasp, what constituted the reason for their confusion, what made them sin and pray: the film that attracts and eludes them, the film - a holy whore. "

- Rainer Werner Fassbinder : in the first press issue, 1970

“Everything collapsed while we were filming Whity, and it suddenly became clear to everyone that what we wanted to do had never been done. And 'Warning of a Holy Whore' is actually about the making of 'Whity'. 'Warning of a holy whore' is about waking up and realizing that one has dreamed of something that doesn't exist. "

- Rainer Werner Fassbinder : in conversation with Christian Braad Thomsen 1971/72

“The development that my director goes through is that he realizes that the group is not a group and that he gives up the dream of the collective. He loses his illusions and sees the situation as it is ... The real issue is how the group works and how leadership positions are created and exploited. "

- Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1971


“The antiteater played itself, unmistakably with the greatest pleasure, but with reversed roles and according to a given script. Even with the swan song for the group, Fassbinder managed to get them all to produce his image of the antiteater: his truth about the group, his self-expression and his self-pity. "

- Michael Töteberg

“Fassbinder's résumé and a new beginning after nine films; a sarcastic self-reflection of the industry in the tradition of Godard and Fellini's eight and a half . "

- Lexicon of international film.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Wilhelm Roth: Annotated filmography. In: Peter W. Jansen, Wolfram Schütte (Ed.): Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Frankfurt am Main 1992, pp. 144f.
  2. a b c d Fassbinder today. (PDF; 1.1 MB) basisfilm.de
  3. Thomas Mann: Tonio Kröger and Mario the magician. A tragic travel experience. Frankfurt am Main 1999. 1st ed. 1903 and 1930. p. 32.
  4. a b c Warning of a holy hooker. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed June 23, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  5. ^ Warning of a holy hooker filmportal.de
  6. ^ Warning of a holy hooker, FSK exam, filmportal.de
  7. Michael Töteberg (Ed.): Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The anarchy of the imagination. Conversations and interviews. Frankfurt am Main 1986, p. 42.
  8. ^ Michael Töteberg: Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Rowohlt's monographs, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2002, p. 56.