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FOX AND HIS FRIENDS

Germany, 1975 (MIFF 2008, Cannes Directors' Fortnight Tribute)

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

FOX AND HIS FRIENDS

“One of Fassbinder's easiest, most naturalistic movies.” - New York Times

Fox is a financially strapped gay man who performs in a travelling circus as ‘Fox the Talking Head'. When he wins the lottery, his life takes an upswing - or so it seems. His supposed new friends (and lover) eventually expose themselves as swindling wolves in sheep's clothing.

Playing the none-too-clever hero of this doomed tale, filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder provides a warts-and-all depiction of homosexuality at a time when Hollywood still considered such subject matter untouchable. The film's brutal frankness mixed with human compassion make it a hallowed work by one of New German Cinema's masters.

Features a haunting score by Peer Raben and stunning cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.


D/P Rainer Werner Fassbinder S Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Christian Hoff WS Fassbinder Foundation L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1975/123mins

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