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Fox and His Friends

Faustrecht der Freiheit

Instrueret af Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Vesttyskland, 1975
Drama, LGBT+, Krimi


Fassbinder himself plays Franz Biberkopf, a poor gay man who performs in a traveling circus as Fox the Talking Head. One day he lucks into winning half a million in a lottery. This attracts the attention of a group of elegant homosexuals, including Eugen (Peter Chatel), who becomes Fox’s lover.

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Fox and His Friends Instrueret af Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Not to be confused with the Fox News Channel’s liberty-lovin’ early morning coffee klatch Fox and Friends, itself a formidable showcase of sadomasochistic aggression and queenly preening, Fassbinder’s 1975 film FOX AND HIS FRIENDS is one of his finest—a fatalistic cautionary tale about an innocent schnook deflowered by the logic of industrial capitalism.
February 10, 2017
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Fassbinder articulates the silent violence of bureaucratic procedures with devastating precision, as Frantz’s bid for meaning and admittance into the bourgeois class is accompanied by a sneezing fit, with Frantz convulsing upward of half a dozen times before falling silent. Those in the room simply wait for his episode to end and then proceed with the matter at hand.
January 21, 2017
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People use one another or are used, and the usual markers of success (stable domesticity, steady work, material goods) are revealed to be meaningless. One needn’t look any further for a pure dose of this tendency in Fassbinder than Fox and His Friends… In it, economic fate and emotional fate become one and the same, and the social creature that is a human being shows himself to be irredeemable, whether exploiting or exploited.
January 19, 2017
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