Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Loo) | Chicago Reader

Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Loo)

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. With Bernd Broaderup and Magdalena Montezuma. In German with subtitles.

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