Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 3: Wed Jan 3

Taxi Zum Klo (Ripploh, 1981): BFI Southbank NFT3, 8.50pm

This film is part of the 'Scala: Sex, drugs and rock and roll cinema' season at BFI Southbank. The movie also screens on January 8th. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Frank Ripploh’s funny and well-made autobiographical German feature (1980), about the wild nights and gray days of a gay schoolteacher in Berlin. Ripploh, with his hangdog face and slinging gait, is a very appealing performer, and the film floats on his charm and happy sexual voraciousness. Fantasy elements (Ripploh is never rejected) combine with documentary asides on the texture of gay life to make up an entertainingly varied series of anecdotes. The hard-core footage, shocking at first, performs the salutary function of demystifying gay sex for a straight audience, and the central theme—monogamy versus promiscuity—is certainly a universal one. The film is limited by its creeping misogyny and willful superficiality, yet its sheer freedom from guilt is infectious and uplifting.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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