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.
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.