SESSION TWO: 19 NOV 2011. 3:30pm
TAXI ZUM KLO
(tr. TAXI TO THE TOILET)
Dir. Frank Ripploh. 1981. 95 min. German, with English subtitles.
Script: Frank Ripploh
Starring: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup
(Warning: the film includes sexually graphic scenes which some Film Qlub members may find disturbing)
A film about the promiscuous 80s, and about facing the ugly monster of Luuurve.
The Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teachers’
Association of Ireland was only launched a few years ago by a few brave souls,
but they wont be showing this in a General Meting! The film tells the story of
teacher Frank Ripplo —played by the director, Frank Ripplo, a small hint about
the autobiographical angle... He teaches Sex Education (this is Germany,
remember?), and although his pupils adore him, he is a dubious role model.
Frank is an absolute slob in his personal habits, and an absolute sex-machine
in his private life. No male flesh can pass him by without getting his attention,
any time, any place, any position. He has one single phobia: love. Frank runs
away at the speed of light from anything requiring reflection or affection, and
the word ‘commitment’ sends him into cardiac arrest. So what will happen when
he meets Bernd, who is gorgeous, lovely, and monogamous? Taxi Zum Klo was filmed before the AIDS crisis, so there is not a condom in
sight – some will see this movie as a celebration of a freer time, some as a
document of human folly.
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