Whity (1971)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Period Film  |   Release Date - Jun 2, 1971 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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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 (G√ľnther 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 about.

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abuse, injustice, revenge, servant, slavery