Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom) (1975)
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Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) was one of the many films in the short, but prolific, career of German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder plays Franz Biberkopf, a financially poor gay man who performs in a traveling circus as Fox the Talking Head. One day, he lucks into winning half a million marks in a lottery. This attracts the attention of numerous swindlers, including Eugen (Peter Chatel), who becomes Fox's lover, gets Fox to spend the money on Eugen, and then dumps
Jan 1, 1975 Wide
Jul 2, 2002
New Yorker Films
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It excludes all life that is not within the very narrow intentions of its author. Its pores have been painted over.
Here is a movie about characters who define themselves by their sexuality, but the movie doesn't. It takes the sexuality as a given, and defines them by their values and morals.
This 1975 melodrama by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of his better middle-period films.
Fassbinder gives an excellent performance as the abused Fox, and the direction is of his usual high standard.
One of Fassbinder's own personal favorites, the powerful Fox and His Friends may also be the greatest gay film ever made.
Entertaining but oddly parsed coming of age tale. For Fassbinder enthusiasts only.
Make no mistake, this is the real Queer as Folk, but for all of Fassbinder's gripes with an elite gay culture's many sexual hang-ups, Fox and His Friends is first and foremost a riveting evocation of Social Darwinism in action.
An ace snapshot from 27 years ago that still feels contemporary and pressing.
Not for a moment does Fassbinder indulge our fantasies that Fox's tryst might be working toward a happy ending.
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