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Taxi zum Klo
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Release Date:
9 January 1981 (West Germany) See more »
The notorious hit of the New York Film Festival. See more »
Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Raw, Graphic, Explicit, and Unflinching Look at Gay Life See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Directed by
Frank Ripploh 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Ripploh 

Produced by
Frank Ripploh .... producer
Horst Schier .... producer
Laurens Straub .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Wittstatt 
Cinematography by
Horst Schier 
Film Editing by
Gela-Marina Runne 
Matthias von Gunten 

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Germany:95 min | USA:98 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Italy:VM18 | UK:18 (cut) | UK:18 (video re-rating) (2005) (uncut) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (w)

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Banned in Britain upon its original release due to its graphic gay sex scenes.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Raw, Graphic, Explicit, and Unflinching Look at Gay Life, 8 September 2007
Author: ekeby from wisconsin

I just watched the DVD of Taxi Zum Klo, some 25+ years after seeing the original in first release. I had forgotten how graphic and explicit the movie is. I almost wonder if the version I first saw (in the U.S.) was released intact. I didn't remember gay sex scenes clearly showing b/j's and penetration. Maybe I blocked them out.

The overall quality of the DVD is lacking. It's definitely a transfer from video, fuzzy and jumpy. The dim, white subtitles are an exercise in frustration. This groundbreaking film deserves better. I wonder if Criterion would have the balls to tackle it?

It's a good movie, clearly autobiographical. The story is a gay relationship in late 1970s Berlin. The main character, a teacher, struggles to reconcile his political conviction of sexual liberty and promiscuity with the more traditional lifestyle of his lover.

The style of the film is Cassavetes-like. We get the sense that the director--who is also the lead actor-- used his friends and lovers from "true life" to act along with him. Transitions are abrupt, and not always logical. The cinematography is literal and conventional, if not downright crude, but somehow it still manages to yield a couple of shots that are beautiful. The ending feels hurried and unfinished. And it's hard to escape the suspicion that the explicit sex is used primarily for shock value.

Nevertheless, this is an important film in gay cinema and one that anyone interested in the genre's development and history should see. The story line is the essential, if now stereotypical, dilemma of the modern gay male: do we emulate hetero straight values, or invent a new socio-political lifestyle for ourselves? It is a theme repeated in countless other gay films, but never as directly or as raw as it was here, just as a gay cinema was beginning.

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