It seems simple,—and isn't the social ladder at the center of half of the coming of age plots,—but it's a poignant, complex study of class in 1970s Western Germany. I kind of hoped for a happy end, that Fox would take up with the circus impressario again, but I'm actually glad there was no straightwashing. Cuts deeper this way.
another film about the fragileness of human beings from Fassbinder, this time it's about class relation, betrayal, and human condition. Fassbinder himself as the lead Fox gives an enigmatic performance of a gay man transcend as a victim of the upper class, though this film failed kinda fails to fully dig more the social theme and ended up focusing in the individual relationship, a bit disappointing for me
Fassbinder's relentlessly bleak dissection of class struggle is interesting partially because of how refreshingly queer it is. The characters' queerness, for the most part, exists as extensions of them, rather than simply as a narrative device. Fassbinder (as an actor) is truly heartbreaking as Fox, personifying the struggle of fitting into different facets of society where he is unwanted.
Jesus, first time I've seen this, incredible, the final scene had me laughing like a drain. Dinner at the in laws has never been funnier either.Sometimes I feel like that on here, you know, not worthy. Loved Fox's clothes, esp the white tie/maroon shirt combo. And that De Tomaso Pantera! I've always wanted one of those. 'Only fit for the fairground' is a good line for a song, I'm having that.
Oft' noted that from THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS on, Fassbinder's body of work is essentially one of-a-piece extrapolation. It has thus always been hard for me to pick an absolute favourite. Revisiting it (by virtue of the dazzling new Criterion 4k dealeo), I am ready to put FOX AND HIS FRIENDS at the front of the line. Fassbinder's (conceptually rich) performance earns it special accreditation. And that ending!
There isn't much space for nuance in the story. Almost like a fable, the unsurprising plot and its moral lessons serve a duty of social critic that nowadays sounds a little dated. Nonetheless, a poignant political stance given by a genius filmmaker is also what make this movie so relevant and worthy.