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Taxi Zum Klo (1980)

Frank Ripploh , Bernd Broaderup , Frank Ripploh  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup
  • Directors: Frank Ripploh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: QC Cinema, Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00483K13G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Interview with Director Frank Ripploh for "Taxi nach Kairo"
Pictures & Video of the 'Max-Ophüls-Preis' film prize celebration
Frank Ripploh's illustrated idea album with pictures of the pre-production of "Taxi zum Klo"
International Press Clippings
Written Interviews with Frank Ripploh
Original Press Kit
Original & French Trailers
Production Stills

Editorial Reviews

Three decades after it first hit cinemas and shocked mainstream audiences, Frank Ripploh s groundbreaking debut feature returns in this digitally remastered director s cut.Hailed as one of the defining forces behind the queer cinema genre, the film is now, for the first time, widely available on home video and complete with rarely-seen special features.
Ripploh s semi-autobiographical snapshot of the life of a gay schoolteacher captures an unyielding vision of gay culture in 1981 West Berlin.Through his gritty portrayal of a dual lifestyle one that combines daily lesson plans and nightly hookups in public bathrooms Ripploh laid bare the dark secrets of the closeted lifestyle and contributed to the birth of a new genre. Taxi Zum Klo is a pivotal piece of cinematic history that shows audiences how far a film can go and how much the modern gay mainstream has evolved.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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My motives for this review are selfish, since my life changed the day I saw this film (January 5th, 1984). Sitting in the theatre as an adolescent, enthralled by this film, I came out to myself and started the process of letting the rest of the world know who I am. I recently watched the film again, and realized that what is most amazing about this film is the blurring of the boundary between drama and documentary. We see Frank Ripploh enacting significant events in his life, even hooking up (and breaking it off again, this time for the camera) with his ex Bernd Broaderup for the sake of cinematic verissimilitude. It is sometimes harrowing, if not downright disturbing to watch, not because the sex scenes make most people (especially straight people) uncomfortable, but because the viewer feels like a voyeur. Everything about this film is "amateur," in the sense of being done for love instead of profit. We tend to disdain things "amateur" in our society, but a film about real people and the lives they lead cannot be "done" by professionals (Hollywood doesn't GET this). I think this is an amazing film, and none of the usual criteria for "reviewing" this film apply.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, fascinating, and why we watch foreign movies March 12, 2003
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Frank Ripploh's largely autobiographical film takes two fairly schematic themes -- boy meets boy and all that that entails; and man deals with utter dislocation between job and private life -- and turns them into a fascinating look at a modern Germany that just as easily could be Taipei (think Ang Lee) or Rome (think Vittorio de Sica).
Frank is an elementary school teacher by day, and a sexual adventurer any time he is NOT at school. On one of his forays into the demimonde, he meets Bernd (played by the very appealing Bernd Broaderup) and falls in love. What follows is fairly typical of any love story, but it is in the details that Ripploh takes his audience into another world. Frank's love story is punctuated by sexual escapades that would have horrified Jane Austen. Added to this, Frank must come to terms with the increasing tension between his respectable job and his not so respectable but very exciting sex life. How Frank resolves this tension is simultaneously amusing and horrifying.
This film is not for prudes or the squeamish. The sex scenes are graphic and sometimes hard to watch. Also, it is obvious that the film was cheaply made, with gritty camera work and spotty sound quality. Still, the details draw the viewer in; you actually see how these people live (and where else do you see an old Karmann Ghia these days?). It is also eerie to see such lack of sexual restraint in a world on the brink of the HIV horror (Taxi zum Klo was released in 1981).
I was fascinated with this film in 1981 and I remain so in 2003. The only reason I gave this movie 3 stars instead of 4 is that the subtitles have an annoying tendency to disappear into the scenery.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Terrible DVD May 13, 2004
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Don't buy this DVD! Very poor copy (fuzzy, weak color) of film (transfered from a VHS tape?). The subtitles (NOT removable) hard to read. No chapter stops. No extras except some equally fuzzy previews for other Cinevista products. Very disappointing cheap issue at a high price. Hopefully some other company will issue a proper version some day.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Taxi To The Toilet' May 28, 2011
That is the literal translation from the German. This is `a lost gay classic', in that it has been banned since its' release in 1980. The reasons why come (forgive the pun) pretty quick in that this is an honest, raw, explicit autobiographical tale of Frank Ripploh. He wrote, directed, produced and starred in it; this was his story of leading a double life as a school teacher by day, and a sex addict experimentalist by night.

He goes out to meet men for sex, but this can mean marking his pupil's homework whilst on the toilet awaiting `glory hole' action. He finally meets boyfriend material and they set up house, however, he can not stop his proclivities and gets caught, his reaction is to say `next time - join in', sound advice indeed.

There are a host of supporting actors or characters a particularly voluptuous `party girl' is one of the best. There are very graphic scenes throughout which led to the 25 year ban, but thanks to Film 4 they managed to get a classification in 2005 but because of the `cultural significance' of the film taken as a whole - the water sports would still be too much for a main stream (oops another pun) audience. This could be seen as pornographic, but it is just a raw and honest take on gay relations and real emotions. One of the reasons why it works so well is that they are nearly all friends of Frank (only two real actors), they worked for credit and he by passed the authorities to get the kids to act too.

This is a ground breaking, entertaining, vital and visceral film that needs to be seen by anyone interested in gay cinema and or gay culture, This is fully restored but the sound quality goes a bit seventies porno in places which, for me, added to the mood and humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I woke up one night — couldn't sleep, so started streaming Taxi Zum Klo on Netflix. Wow, I had no idea what I was about to get into. Read more
Published 4 months ago by karot joose
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
movie wasnt so hot it wasnt as good for me as I was told and recommended but the actual dvd arrived in perfect condition
Published 7 months ago by Bill Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars A 30-YEAR WAIT!
It's taken me a long time to see this movie; I think it was banned in Australia on initial release or had at best, very limited exposure. How times have changed! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anthony McGill
5.0 out of 5 stars taxi zum klo
I would have to watch again before i could truly say although a comedy i found it a little boring could not seem to be able to become involved
Published 18 months ago by allen
5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye...
I'm amazed, after first seeing this almost 30 years ago, how fresh and relevant Ripploh's film really is. Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by R. Gawlitta
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent realistic portrayal of a gay male in Berlin in the early...
What a find! Taxi Zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) is a rare gem. The film was originally not released in the UK as the BBFC would not allow certain scenes to be seen. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Mikey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie from the Pre-AIDS age. Not for everyone!
I can't recommend this movie any more highly than I have in public. The late, very-little-known-in-the-USA Frank Ripploh recreates a wonderful universe of early-80s gay Germany... Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by KinoChelovek
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, but stay away if you are anti-gay!
I first saw this movie when it was released in Germany, a looooong time ago, and I was just a tween... actually, this was my first exposure to homosexual intimacy... Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by M. V. Vooren
3.0 out of 5 stars The outline of a ground breaking film
I had read so much about this film before purchasing, and was so excited to finally be able to view it, I actually had a good mix of sexually divergent friends over for the... Read more
Published on January 31, 2011 by nik lioncourte
1.0 out of 5 stars Taxi zum Klo
This product was not worth the money and the quality was third rate. It would not recomend it to anyone
Published on June 5, 2008 by Pau Rein
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