"Beware of a Holy Whore"

Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) is a Rainer Werner Fassbinder film made, or course, in West Germany, and originally titled Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte. It is set in Spain, where a production company from Munich is to make a film. Only two things are missing, film stock (and the money to buy it) and the director. When the director finally arrives, he berates everyone in the cast and crew. The board actors and crew fill their time having sex with anyone of any gender handy, drinking Cuba Libras, and fighting amongst themselves. This goes on for 103 minutes. The experts say this was based on Fassbinder's earlier experience filming in Spain, and is supposed to be about cruelty of people to one another. He succeeded on at least one point, by boring me to death. Fassbinder regular Hanna Schygulla has one nude scene, where she shows breasts and buns, and maybe the reflection of bush in a mirror. I suppose if I can't tell for sure, than it doesn't count.

The film is mostly in German, and has English sub-titles that can be turned off, but there are also snatches of Italian, Spanish, French and English here and there. IMDB readers have this at 6.1 of 10. This is supposed to be a self parody by Fassbinder, and is supposedly a comedy. The humor was entirely lost on me. The 4/3 transfer is very nice, but the rather long film left me cold. C-.

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  • Hanna Schygulla (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Baba Yaga (1973):

    I will discuss this odd Italian film at length tomorrow. For tonight, the real cream of the DVD - a deleted scene featuring clear full-frontal nudity from the American actress Carroll Baker.

    Ms Baker first became famous in 1956 for her sexy Lolitaesque turn in a film called Baby Doll, which was written by the esteemed playwright Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan, who was a major force in film and theater in the early 50s, having cofounded the Actor's Studio with Lee Strasberg, and having directed his famous pupil Marlon Brando to his two greatest performances in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. Warner Brothers also cast Ms Baker that same year in Giant, the last picture made by the legendary James Dean. In such company, Baker was on top of the word in 1956

    She might have become a monster star if she had been a better team player, but she feuded constantly with Warner. She refused to act in a series of movies based on trashy books by Erskine Caldwell, and this caused Warner to punish her by refusing to lend her out for "The Three Faces of Eve" for 20th Century Fox, or for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Brothers Karamazov" for MGM. Later, when she refused to play a nymphomaniac in another sleazoid film called "Too Much, Too Soon", Warner wouldn't loan her out to work with  Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. in "The Devil's Disciple".

    She reached the end of her Hollywood fame as one of the famous dueling Jean Harlows in 1965, when Hollywood released two biopics named "Harlow" within a couple of months. Jean Harlow was a famous platinum blonde 1930's screen vamp who was portrayed by  Baker in one version, Carol Lynley in the other. I haven't seen the Harlow biopics in years, but as I recall, neither was much good. Baker's version is rated 4.6 at IMDb, Lynley's 4.4.

    Although Baker came from Kazan's legendary Actor's Studio, she was not one of their most distinguished graduates. Oh, let's not mince words. Despite the fact that she came close to major stardom, the woman couldn't act at all. Baker's interpretation of Harlow was so universally reviled that it proved to be the last straw for her Hollywood career, which was already teetering on the edge of oblivion because of her reputation for being uncooperative. The Hollywood job offers dried up almost immediately after Harlow and she had to spend the entire decade of the 70's making grade-B Eurocrap like Baba Yaga. It wasn't until the 80's that she was able to get another decent role in Hollywood, and by that time her vamp days were over and she was old enough to play moms. At age 52, for example, she played Dorothy Stratton's mom in 1983's Star 80, the film which featured Mariel Hemingway and Eric Roberts as the ill-fated Playmate and her sleazy boyfriend.

    Baker continued to work quite steadily through the 80s and 90s. Now about seventy years old, she appeared as recently as 2000 in a TV film called Another Woman's Husband.

    Baker was no actress, but there was a reason why she was once in big demand. She was definitely a major babe. In this film, even at age 42, she still looked absolutely terrific standing there stark naked, and the director said in the accompanying interview that the nude scene was her idea. Good for her!

    • Carroll Baker. The first five (full frontals) are from the deleted scenes. Number six is her only nudity in the theatrical cut, a see-through blouse. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)



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    'Caps and comments by Hankster:

    Okay , I guess you all know that like my "Babes in Bondage", so we took all those girls from "Son of the Beach" from yesterdays edition and tied them up.

    We give you Lila Arcieri, Jaime Bergman, and my favorite Kim Oja, all in their undies in various stages of distress.

    I guess that's why I like this show, the women seem to get tied up a lot.

    • Jaime Bergman (1, 2, 3)
    • Kimberly Oja (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Leila Arcieri (1, 2)

    Yvonne Scio
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Beautiful breast exposure and thong views in scenes from "Layover"...and yes, that's Fun House hero David Hasselhoff in these 'caps!

    Neus Asensi
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    The Spanish actress in scenes from "El Robo más grande jamás contado" aka "The Biggest Robbery Never Told" (2002). Plenty of cleavage and thong views.

    'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

    A whole mess o' paparazzi pics.

    Sharon Osbourne
    (1, 2, 3)

    Flashing a boob on the red carpet at the VH-1 Divas show.

    Kirsten Dunst The "Spider-Man" star wearing a form fitting dress with very nice partial breast exposure. Thanks to Squiddy.

    Diane Lane
    (1, 2)

    Breast and bum views in scenes from her very sexy role in "Unfaithful".

    The Funnies by Number 6
    Things you never say to a cop...

    • I can't reach my license unless you hold my beer.
    • Sorry, Officer, I didn't realize my radar detector wasn't plugged in.
    • Aren't you the guy from the Village People?
    • Hey, you must've been doin' about 125 mph to keep up with me. Good job!
    • Are You Andy or Barney?
    • I thought you had to be in relatively good physical condition to be a police officer.
    • You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?
    • I pay your salary!
    • Gee, Officer! That's terrific. The last officer only gave me a warning, too!
    • Do you know why you pulled me over? Okay, just so one of us does.
    • I was trying to keep up with traffic. Yes, I know there are no other cars around. That's how far ahead of me they are.
    • When the Officer says "Gee Son....Your eyes look red, have you been drinking?" You probably shouldn't respond with,"Gee Officer your eyes look glazed, have you been eating doughnuts?"
    Mail Bag

    Saw the note regarding Liza Walker, so I dug up a couple of caps I have of some clips I did of her a while ago. The movie was released here as "Twisted Obsession"---bloody apt title.

    I assume this is the bird under discussion.


    • Liza Walker. #1 is a close up down below, #2 is a head only frame. (1, 2)