Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fox and His Friends

Fox and His Friends

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.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Harry Baer
  • New interview with filmmaker Ira Sachs
  • Excerpt from a 1975 interview with director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Excerpts from a 1981 interview with composer Peer Raben
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Koresky

New cover by Grant Delin and Eric Skillman

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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Harry Baer
  • New interview with filmmaker Ira Sachs
  • Excerpt from a 1975 interview with director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Excerpts from a 1981 interview with composer Peer Raben
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Koresky

New cover by Grant Delin and Eric Skillman

Fox and His Friends
Cast
Peter Chatel
Eugen
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Franz Biberkopf
Carl Boehm
Max
Adrian Hoven
Eugen’s father
Christiane Maybach
Hedwig
Harry Baer
Philip
Hans Zander
Springer
Kurt Raab
Vodka-Peter
Rudolf Lenz
Lawyer
Karl Scheydt
Klaus
Peter Kern
Flower vendor
Karl-Heinz Staudenmeyer
Krapp
Walter Sedlmayr
Car dealer
Bruce Low
Doctor
Marquard Bohm
GI
Brigitte Mira
Shopkeeper 2
Evelyn Künneke
Travel agent
Barbara Valentin
Max’s wife
Elma Karlowa
Shopkeeper 1
Ingrid Caven
Singer
Lilo Pempeit
Neighbor
Ulla Jacobsson
Eugen’s mother
Credits
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Contributing writer
Christian Hohoff
Director of photography
Michael Ballhaus
Art direction by
Kurt Raab
Editor
Thea Eymèsz
Costume design
Helga Kempke
Music by
Peer Raben

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Cruel and Kind: Ira Sachs on Fox and His Friends
Cruel and Kind: Ira Sachs on Fox and His Friends

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, bou…

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Fox and His Friends: Social Animals
Fox and His Friends: Social Animals

Rainer Werner Fassbinder plays a working-class gay man hoodwinked by his uppity bourgeois lover in this unsparing portrait of queer culture in 1970s West Germany.

By Michael Koresky

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer, Actor, Director

Rainer Werner Fassbinder made an astonishing forty-four movies—theatrical features, television movies and miniseries, and shorts among them—in a career that spanned a mere sixteen years, ending with his death at thirty-seven in 1982. He is perhaps remembered best for his intense and exquisitely shabby social melodramas (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)—heavily influenced by Hollywood films, especially the female-driven tearjerkers of Douglas Sirk, and featuring misfit characters that often reflected his own fluid sexuality and self-destructive tendencies. But his body of work runs the gamut from epic period pieces (Berlin Alexanderplatz, the BRD Trilogy) to dystopic science fiction (World on a Wire) as well. One particular fascination of Fassbinder’s was the way the ghosts of the past, specifically those of World War II, haunted contemporary German life—an interest that wedded him to many of the other artists of the New German Cinema movement, which began in the late 1960s.