Fox & His Friends: Criterion Collection

Fox & His Friends: Criterion Collection

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A lottery win leads not to financial and emotional freedom but to social captivity in this wildly cynical classic about love and exploitation by the late, great 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 (Peter Chatel) 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.


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Reasons to Buy

  1. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's first specifically male gay-themed film is a richly textured and powerful drama of the relationship between two gay men of vastly different social backgrounds.
  2. Made in 1975, Fox and His Friends was a film way ahead of its time. This new release from the Criterion Collection is a real treat - featuring a new 4K digital restoration, undertaken by the Fassbinder Foundation and supervised by original cinematographer Michael Ballhaus.
  3. This is one of few films that Fassbinder stared in - in addition to writing and directing. It's also a glimpse of him at his healthiest. He slimmed down to play a down-on-his-luck hustler and he looks very different from the image most people have of him in their mind.

DVD Features

New Interview with Actor harry Baer
New Interview with Filmmaker Ira Sachs
Except From a 1975 Interview with Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Excepts Froma 1981 Interview with Composer Peer Raben
Trailer
Plus: An Essay by Film Critic Michael Koresky

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2 Reviews for Fox & His Friends: Criterion Collection

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In-House Review - Apr 16 2009
Fassbinder's first specifically male gay-themed film is a richly textured and powerful drama of the relationship between two gay men of vastly different social backgrounds. A lower-class carnival entertainer, Fox (played by Fassbinder), finds himself... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
"FOX AND HIS FRIENDS"
A Gay Classic
Amos Lassen
"Fox and His Friends" (Wellspring Video) caused a great deal of controversy when it was first released in 1975. Many thought that the story of a gay sideshow worker who won the lottery a... Read More

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