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Whity

 
Title: Whity
Original title: Whity
Format: two hours
Starring:
Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Produced by: Produced by Antiteater-X-Film, Atlantis-Film GmbH

Whity

"...a filmic ritual of downfall...the expression of an entirely detached pessimism..." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Set in a stylized 19th-century America, Whity stands out rather incongruously in the filmmaker's oeuvre. A mulatto slave, Whity works for the Nicholson family: Ben, his two sons and his beautiful young second wife Kate. Though constantly beaten and humiliated, Whity serves in silence - until he falls in love with the saloon singer Hanna. She makes him aware of his situation for the first time and urges him to wipe out his tormentors. When patriarch Ben Nicholson dies, however, it emerges that he had another son: Whity..."Whity is a stylized primitive melodrama, a mixture of Southern and Western epics... a filmic ritual of downfall; the whites' history in a white mask... the expression of an entirely detached pessimism, of a now completely secondary experience." (Süddeutsche Zeitung).