I’ll forever be in awe of Fassbinder’s versatility as a director. Here he examines class and greed through the lens of a poor gay man who wins the lottery and longs for acceptance from a group more bourgeois than himself. It’s dark and funny at times, but still serves as a commentary on self-appreciation and misplaced trust.
Actually titled, as the best we can, in English: Fistfight for Freedom. Sounds like an action picture film, yes? The only action we see here is how the upper classes will use and exploit the lower classes, no matter how much money they have. Fassbinder bares it all.
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.