Veronika Voss + Fox and His Friends

Rainer Werner Fassbinder double feature number three: Veronika Voss is the last film in his postwar “BRD trilogy,” a black-and-white take on Sunset Blvd. that captures the fading glory and sexual torpor of the title character, a movie star turned morphine addict. Fox is about a man (played by Fassbinder himself) who spends the entire movie being betrayed, humiliated and all but shat upon by those to whom he’s supposedly near and dear. A bit too bleak-for-bleak’s-sake, but still one of the director’s best.


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