Watch: Faustrecht der Freiheit 1975 123movies, Full Movie Online – Working class and middle-upper class worlds come together in this interesting look at class conflict within the gay world from the German director Reiner Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder plays Fox, he is working class, a former circus performer who wins the lottery of DM 500,000. His life starts to look up and doesn’t have to struggle financially. Fox can now have the life and things that he has always wanted. He begins a new relationship with Eugen, creates a business partnership, and his life is looking bright. While he wants to climb up the social ladder, it isn’t without turmoil, and being torn between his old working class roots, and the shiny new facade of middle class consciousness..
Plot: Fox, a former circus performer, wins the lottery of DM 500,000 and can now have the life and things that he has always wanted. While he wants to climb up the social ladder, it isn’t without turmoil, and being torn between his old working class roots, and the shiny new facade of middle class consciousness.
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The main point of Fox and his Friends seems to be that money corrupts the chances of meaningful human interaction; and the movie has a lot more going for it, there’s a deep aesthetic richness, quality of textual reference, and it has the pulse of relationships.
Franz aka Fox is a circus entertainer who wins the lottery and is then fleeced by those whose love he aspires to.
I found myself admiring Fassbinder and Ballhaus’ homages to Sternberg, taking the slatted light of Mogador (Morocco – 1930) and pouring colour in, so that the Moroccan street looks like late Bridget Riley. Following on from Welt am draht two years earlier another of Dietrich’s iconic moments under Sternberg’s gaze is referenced (Dishonored in Welt am draht, Shanghai Express here), pallid mockeries full of weltschmerz (weltschmerz heaped on weltschmerz), a sense that life might be better.
It’s quite easy to get carried away with the design, to see the movie as a parade of yellow dresses and peach-coloured flowers. There’s a relentless gay aesthetic, for example Eugen, the dandy entrepreneur who grifts fox, has a poster for The Prince of Homburg in his flat, the ambisexual play by high-strung Heinrich von Kleist, whose search for the ideal, seems to govern Eugen’s private life. Eugen is an unpleasant man, there’s a brilliant shot of him looking through a spyhole, keeping his distance from his waiting lover, coolly observing.
Franz has panic attacks in the movie, a good touch I thought, that’s what unrequited love does to you. Aesthetically the best of Fassbinder’s movies that I’ve seen. Gods of the Plague touches it out in terms of successful content.
Fassbinder’s most personal perhaps
“Faustrecht der Freiheit” or “Fox and His Friends” is a West German German-language film from 1975, so this one had its 40th anniversary last year. The writer and director is German filmmaking infant terrible Rainer Werner Fassbinder and he was roughly at the age of 30 when he made this 120-minute film back in the 1970s. And I already wrote that I think it may be Fassbinder’s most personal film. There seem a lot of parallels to the filmmaker’s real life in here and it shows that he put all his heart in it, for example that he was not even scared of full frontal nudity to make Biberkopf/Fox look authentic. This one here came out 5 years before Fassbinder made his successful mini-series “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, which is of course also known for its main character Franz Biberkopf, so the name in here is certainly no coincidence. But the thing that hits closest to home is of course the ending because (apart from the location) we see exactly the way the real Fassbinder died. Unfortunately, despite this emotional impact, I never managed to create a lot of interest in the story. I guess this may have to do with me not being the greatest Fassbinder fan, but also with the script, which never seemed really interesting or even edge-of-seat level to me. Fassbinder is nonetheless fun to watch and I still believe he is at least as good of an actor as of a filmmaker, if not better. So with another lead actor than RMF (who lost some weight for his role here), this may have dragged even more. Nonetheless, my verdict overall is thumbs-down. I do not recommend the watch. I guess Fassbinder is just superior with female main characters.
Original Language de
Runtime 2 hr 3 min (123 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Writer Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Christian Hohoff
Actors Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm
Country West Germany
Awards 2 wins & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm