Rent The Merchant of Four Seasons / Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)

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Rent The Merchant of Four Seasons / Beware of a Holy Whore (aka Händler der vier Jahreszeiten / Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Made in quick succession in 1970 and 1971, 'Beware of a Holy Whore' and 'The Merchant of Four Seasons' represent a key stage in the career of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the point at which he matured as a filmmaker and first began to attract an international audience. A fictional recounting of the making of Whity, Fassbinder's take on the American West, 'Beware of a Holy Whore' is a backstage melodrama set in a Spanish seaside hotel. Starring Lou Castel (Requiescant) as the director and Eddie Constantine (Alphaville) as himself, the film is an intriguing and often acidic look through the mirror at Fassbinder and his 'family' of cast and crew.
'The Merchant of Four Seasons' concerns itself with Flans, a fruit seller, former Foreign Legionnaire and family man. Inspired by the discovery of Douglas Sirk's work - and set, like those classic melodramas, in the 1950s - Fassbinder charts Flans' downfall with a perfect blend of poignancy and high drama. The Sirkian formula worked so well it would inspire a new phase in the director's output and produce such classics as 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Fear Eats the Soul'.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Peter Berling
Voiced By:
Peter Gauhe, Irm Hermann, Volker Lechtenbrink, Manfred Seipold, Harry Baer
Writers:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Aka:
Händler der vier Jahreszeiten / Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Drama
Countries:
Germany, Classics, Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
190 minutes
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/03/2016
Run Time:
191 minutes
Languages:
German
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary on 'The Merchant of Four Seasons' by critics Alexandra Fleller-Nicholas and Christian McCrea
  • Audio Commentary on 'Beware of a Holy Whore' by Adrian Martin
  • Newly-filmed Interview with actor Lou Castel on 'Beware of a Holy Whore'
  • 'Beware of a Holy Whore' Theatrical Trailer

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