WHITY (1971)

A black butler in the American South of the 1870s holds a strange erotic power over his masters.

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Introduction

Set in the American South of the 1870s, this idiosyncratic western was shot in Spain.

Whity (Kaufmann), the Nicholson family’s black butler, revels in servility yet exercises a strange erotic power over those around him.

Fassbinder exposes the all-too-human tendency to collude in one’s own oppression while yearning for freedom. He also appears briefly but memorably as a whip-brandishing cowboy.

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