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Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom) (1975)

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 Fox mercilessly once the money is gone. Unable to come to terms with how he has been used, and miserable at being in the same place he was before he won the money, Fox commits suicide. The cast is rounded out by El Hedi ben Salem and Brigitte Mira, the stars of Fassbinder's celebrated Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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NR
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Art House & International , Drama
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New Yorker Films

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Critic Reviews for Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

This melodramatic fable of emotional extremes is sharp and precise-nowhere more than in Fassbinder's attention to the price of domestic comforts and industrial necessities.

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

It excludes all life that is not within the very narrow intentions of its author. Its pores have been painted over.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This 1975 melodrama by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of his better middle-period films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fassbinder gives an excellent performance as the abused Fox, and the direction is of his usual high standard.

Full Review… | September 18, 2006
TV Guide

One of Fassbinder's own personal favorites, the powerful Fox and His Friends may also be the greatest gay film ever made.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom)

½

An interesting portrait of love and wealth from an in form Fassbinder.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

Another successful allegory in which Fassbinder illustrates again his main recurrent theme of the exploitability of feelings through a sharp and painfully sad story about how love can be used as a most efficient instrument of manipulation, humiliation and repression.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

one of fassbinder's more accessible films, it's the story of a sideshow carny who wins the lottery and tries to move up in society by means of a refined lover and his snobby circle. sadly, fox is only being used by his so called friends. fassbinder plays the lead very effectively here. he'll break your heart

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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