"The most honest film I've made up to now...I think it's incidental and beside the point that the story has to do with gays" (Fassbinder). Fassbinder cast himself in the lead of this merciless comedy of manners about a working-class homosexual who is ruthlessly manipulated by a group of upper-crust gays after he wins a small fortune in a lottery. Fox and His Friends has been called the male mirror image of the earlier Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant; its protagonist's name, Franz Biberkopf, is lifted from the Alfred Döblin opus Berlin Alexanderplatz, which Fassbinder would later film as a 15-hour miniseries. The film's chilly denouement is eerily prescient of the director's own untimely demise. "A lacerating portrait of class exploitation and sadomasochism, Fox is one of Fassbinder's finest" (James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario). "A work of brilliant intelligence. And the director himself is superb as the none-too-intelligent hero" (Geoff Andrew, Time Out). Colour, 35mm, in German with English subtitles. 123 mins.
"One of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's towering masterworks."Slant Magazine | full review
"When everything's working, Fassbinder produces work that's hauntingly poignant... that's especially true of Fox and His Friends."Chicago Sun-Times | full review