Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1975 • West Germany
Starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Carl Boehm
A lottery win leads not to financial and emotional freedom but to social captivity, in this wildly cynical classic about love and exploitation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Casting himself against type, the director plays a suggestible working-class innocent who lets himself be taken advantage of by his bourgeois new boyfriend and his circle of materialistic friends, leading to the kind of resonant misery that only Fassbinder could create. FOX AND HIS FRIENDS is unsparing social commentary, an amusingly pitiless and groundbreaking if controversial depiction of a gay community in 1970s West Germany.
In this excerpt from a 1975 episode of the French television series “Pour le cinéma,” director Rainer Werner Fassbinder discusses the connection between FOX AND HIS FRIENDS’ commentary on class and homosexuality and his decision to play the lead role.
In this excerpt from a 1981 episode of the French television series “Cinémania” exploring Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s career and impact on German cinema, composer Peer Raben discusses his long-term collaboration with the filmmaker and how Fassbinder’s love for cabaret music determined the sound of...