Fox and His Friends 1975 Criterion Collection
Fox and His Friends is one of Fassbinder's most poignant and accessible films. The story and performances are direct, and the look of the film is polished and inviting. Yet it is also a powerful work, dealing with some of Fassbinder's central themes, such of the search for love, and exploitation in its many forms (both gay and straight).

Franz "Fox" Biberkopf (in a rare starring role for Fassbinder, who gives a brilliantly nuanced performance) is a hapless gay carnival worker, whose partner is hauled off to prison in the opening scene. Everything changes when he wins a fortune in the lottery, and finds himself among a circle of scheming "friends," including Eugen Theiss, his charming new lover (played with ideal restraint by Peter Chatel), and Eugen's parents, who fleece Fox out of his winnings for the "noble" purpose of saving their bankrupt company.

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 02:04:10 | 45.3 Gb + 7.23 Gb
Language: Deutsch
Subtitles: English

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Bohm, Adrian Hoven, Christiane Maybach, Kurt Raab
Country: West Germany
Genre: Drama, Romance

• Interview with Harry Baer (16:56) - In a new interview, the actor laments being one of the very few main players from the film who are still alive. He talks about working with Fassbinder and how the director's life informed his work on the film.
• Pour le Cinema excerpt (5:09) - A clip from French TV, where Fassbinder (dubbed in French) discusses the class issues at the center of the movie.
• Cinemania excerpt (2:50) - Composer Peer Raben discusses his collaboration method with Fassbinder.
• Interview with Ira Sachs (12:28) - Love Is Strange director Sachs offers his appreciation for Fassbinder's work on this film.
• Trailer