Fox and His Friends [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1975]

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Special Features

  • Excerpt from a 1975 interview with Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Excerpts from a 1981 interview with Composer Peer Raben
  • New 4k Digital Restoration, undertaken by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New English Subtitle Translation
  • New Interview with Filmmaker Ira Sachs
  • New interview with actor Harry Baer
  • Plus: An Essay by film critic Michael Koresky
  • Trailer


Fox and His Friends
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Fox
  • Peter Chatel
    Peter Chatel - Eugen
  • Harry Baer
    Harry Baer - Philipe
  • Adrian Hoven
    Adrian Hoven - Father
  • Ulla Jacobsson
    Ulla Jacobsson - Mother

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