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Fox & His Friends (1975)

Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, more...
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Germany, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 123 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
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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, All Movie Guide

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enough to make strong men weep by cammelltoe September 29, 2003 - 10:59 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
another painful dose of social unreality from the late,so great rainer werner. here fassbinder portrays fox, a gay circus performer who loses his lover to the police on the same day he miraculously wins the lotto. he then becomes a hestitant member of the upperclass gay community, wherin he takes a handsome lover and things fall apart. like the equally awesome ali:fear eats the soul, fox and his friends pits love against the myriad of societal pressures inherent in civilization and you can probably guess who wins. The great thing about fassbinder is his films don't point an angry finger at "the man" as the sole oppressive force in people's lives. Instead, they zero in on the failure of individuals to love, to even survive. Tragic and brilliant. Highly recommended!

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