Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) (1981)
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In this autobiographical feature, Frank Ripploh plays himself: a German elementary-school instructor who lives a double life in his beloved Berlin, socializing with his fellow teachers only when he has to, and venturing into a world of anonymous sex whenever he can. In-between bathroom encounters and trips with his colleagues to the bowling alley, Ripploh manages to forge a steady relationship with a handsome, sad-eyed theater manager named Bernd Broaderup. As Ripploh's sexual ardor for
Oct 2, 1981 Limited
Mar 1, 2005
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[A] strong current of humour belies a serious engagement with the general, perhaps intractable problem of whether our impulses toward intimacy and unaccountability can ever be reconciled.
Ripploh's filmmaking is rough-hewn, exultantly candid, and unafraid of bodies and orifices, in other words just right for his intimate and tart pre-AIDS document
First released three decades ago, this self-produced portrait of Frank Ripploh's excursions into Berlin's gay world is curiously sexless seen in 2011.
A milestone in the history of both free speech and the representation of gays in the cinema.
Three decades ago, this was seen as a challenging "issue" movie. Now it looks more like a daring, acid black comedy filmed on the hoof.
A loving document of pre-Aids Berlin, and a touching comedy about the human desire for and struggle to achieve intimacy.
Now, post-Aids, the film is a museum piece, but nonetheless enjoyable. Sadly, after making an unsuccessful sequel, Ripploh faded from view.
This isn't a moral tale: it's rather a frank and open appraisal of the German gay scene of the time, sometimes roughly made yet invested with humour and irony.
A refreshingly non-judgemental and amusing portrait of homosexuality in the pre-AIDS era, Taxi Zum Klo matter-of-factly addresses the mundane and the perverse.
If you can stomach the rectal probing, this is a fierce and funny dissection of a life lived on the edge.
With echoes of the 1978 UK film Nighthawks, this milestone movie traces the increasingly messy life of a Berlin schoolteacher who cruises for sex after hours. And it has relevant things to say about relationships today.
Interesting and daring, but rarely moving in any significant way.
Ripploh infers that an alternative lifestyle is just that. Made in 1980 it pre-dates AIDS awareness, and the humour has darkened with the years.
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