Fox and His Friends (1975)
Franz "Fox" Biberkopf is a working-class guy, at loose ends when his lover is arrested and the police shutter their carnival booth... (imdb)
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Directed By: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
AKA: Faustrecht der Freiheit
Country: West Germany
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A surprisingly blah film, one that put me off Fassbinder movies for years. He had a lot of nerve to give himself money shots (IKYWIM,AITYD) :-)
That it's an unprecedented exposure of gays, complete with abundant full male nudity, is not what's daring. What's daring is that it's unflattering, non-naturalistic and couldn't care less about politics. A wonderful film, though definitely flawed: Much of Eugen's patronizing of Franz could have been trimmed, they really flog a dead horse there for a while. Also the ending is possibly a bit excessive. Still it's a brilliant, ice-cold melodrama the kind only Fassbinder is capable of.
Not that great. Seems a little too...earnest. Some interesting points but they are smothered by the overwhelming pathos. A mediocre film from his middle period.
one of his more conventional films in some ways, but there's so much shading here in the faces and gestures and postures and spatial relationships that it makes me feel like a cinevirgin... few ever did it better. "he's not the kind of man whom money makes rich".
Biting attack on ultra conformist bourgeois gays, darkly hilarious, moving and, as usual for Fassbinder in his Sirkian melodrama era, gorgeously filmed.
Fassbinder's sob story about an illbred homosexual sideshow performer, "Fox, the Talking Head", who lucks into a lottery jackpot and is bled dry by his deceitful, prissy, upper-middle-class lover. Fassbinder reproduces some right-sounding, catty, below-the-belt dialogue in the homosexual social circle, but this is merely a sidelight of the movie, a bonus. Essentially he uses homosexuality as a means of equalizing the characters, so as to move the focus away from the Sex War to the Class War.
As if someone is trying to get more clean with a soap, but the more he uses it, the dirtier he gets.
|Average Percentile 67.75% from 403 Ratings|