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Fox and His Friends

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

 
Fox and His Friends (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Germany
  • 1975
  • 124 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • German
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  • Spine #851

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.

Credits

DirectorRainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay byRainer Werner Fassbinder
Contributing writerChristian Hohoff
Director of photographyMichael Ballhaus
Art direction byKurt Raab
EditorThea Eymèsz
Costume designHelga Kempke
Music byPeer Raben

Disc 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

Film Essays

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Fox and His Friends: Social Animals

By Michael Koresky January 19, 2017

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. Read more »

Film Essays

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Fox and His Friends: Social Animals

By Michael Koresky January 19, 2017

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. Read more »


Video

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Cruel and Kind: Ira Sachs on Fox and His Friends

January 18, 2017

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 . . . Read more »

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