Frank Ripploh’s vibrant and refreshingly raw and honest movie “Taxi zum Klo” (‘Taxi To The Toilet”) from 1980 is not only one of the few classics of queer cinema made in Germany, but also one of the few really hilarious comedies the country has to offer. The partly autobiographical film was shot in Berlin in the pre-Aids era and depicts the contradictory live of a gay teacher, who tries to combine his job and relationship with a restless and adventurous sex live. Despite a couple of very explicit sex scenes (real cum shot, golden shower etc) it surprisingly got a 16 classification in Germany, but was banned in a couple of countries such as Austria and the US. In case of the UK it was denied an uncensored release, and it took until 2005 to finally get it an 18 classification. “Taxi zum Klo” is now re-released in the UK via Peccadillo Pictures in a fully remastered DVD version and also currently shown in a couple of UK cinemas – a great opportunity to rediscover it more than 30 years after its first release.
Here’s the (new UK) trailer:
More information on the film’s website.