Made when he was just twenty-nine, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s twenty-second feature, Fox and His Friends, showcases the New German Cinema icon in front of the camera as a working-class gay man who wins the lottery and falls prey to a swindling, bourgeois boyfriend. This biting satire of class dynamics and the transactional nature of romance was Fassbinder’s first explicit depiction of homosexuality, and its cynical vision of gay life in 1970s West Germany led some critics to denounce it as degrading. In the clip below, excerpted from our just-released edition, director Ira Sachs (who co-curates the monthly Queer/Art/Film series at New York’s IFC Center) discusses Fassbinder’s controversial portrait of queer culture and the interplay between severity and empathy that made the film so groundbreaking.
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.