Actors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
From Gay Essential
German director Reiner Werner Fassbinder’s 1975 Fox And His Friends (Faustrecht der Freiheit) is a work in the renowned auteur’s filmography that describes the struggle of upward social mobility as it intersects with the reality of being openly homosexual in West Germany. The central actors are director Fassbinder himself as Franz Bieberkopf, and Peter Chatel as the dashing Eugen Thiess.
“Fox and His Friends is one of Fassbinder’s most poignant and accessible films.”
— Jims Reviews
“This particular film – and specifically the character of Fox – seems to be of tremendous significance to the director. The decision to cast himself in the lead (in addition to directing, producing and co-writing the screenplay) imbues the work with an emotional core that is notable when considering how the film fits into Fassbinder’s entire output as a director.”
— Senses Of Cinema
“Make no mistake, this is the real Queer as Folk, but for all of Fassbinder’s gripes with an elite gay culture’s many sexual hang-ups, Fox and His Friends is first and foremost a riveting evocation of social Darwinism in action.”
— Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
- Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Subtitled, Import
- Language: German
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Arrow Films
- Run Time: 119 minutes
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