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Whity

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. Günther 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. In German with subtitles. 95 min.

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