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In his 36-year life, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder made some 40 films. He is perhaps best known to American audiences for his 1978 period drama, The Marriage of Maria Braun. A theme he examined repeatedly in his films was the unreasonable meanness of people, which he shows in a stark, relentless fashion. This early film, Whity, is set in the American Old West, with overtones of the antebellum South. The main character, Whity (GŁnther Kaufmann), is a black servant who is sorely abused at every turn. Eventually, he has had all he can take; his manner of taking vengeance is what this film is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fassbinder's provocative 1970 meditation on race and class."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Whity is a great film, and deserves to be counted among Fassbinder's best."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fassbinder's lone western."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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"
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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