Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom)
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Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This melodramatic fable of emotional extremes is sharp and precise-nowhere more than in Fassbinder's attention to the price of domestic comforts and industrial necessities."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"This 1975 melodrama by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of his better middle-period films."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"One of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's brilliant melodramas from the 1970s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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
"Fox's journey downward is more of a straight shot than a spiral."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It excludes all life that is not within the very narrow intentions of its author. Its pores have been painted over."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"Fassbinder gives an excellent performance as the abused Fox, and the direction is of his usual high standard."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film's stark relentlessness has power to move an audience."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"An ace snapshot from 27 years ago that still feels contemporary and pressing."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Here is a movie about characters who define themselves by their sexuality, but the movie doesn't. It takes the sexuality as a given, and defines them by their values and morals."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of Fassbinder's own personal favorites, the powerful Fox and His Friends may also be the greatest gay film ever made."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Entertaining but oddly parsed coming of age tale. For Fassbinder enthusiasts only."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
"Not for a moment does Fassbinder indulge our fantasies that Fox's tryst might be working toward a happy ending."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com