Fox and His Friends (Faustrecht der Freiheit)

Rated NR 123 minutes 1975

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 miserable at being in the same place he was before he won the money, Fox commits suicide. The cast is rounded out by El Hedi ben Salem and Brigitte Mira, the stars of Fassbinder's celebrated Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Christian Hohoff

Cast: Karl-Heinz Staudenmeyer, Lilo Pempeit, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, El Hedi ben Salem and Evelyn Künneke

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