Taxi zum Klo

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Taxi zum Klo
DVD Cover
Directed byFrank Ripploh
Written byFrank Ripploh
StarringFrank Ripploh
Bernd Broaderup
Music byHans Wittstatt
CinematographyHorst Schier
Edited byGela-Marina Runne
Matthias von Gunten
Distributed byPromovision International (USA)
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
95 minutes

Taxi zum Klo is a 1981 film written by, directed by, and starring Frank Ripploh. The story of a schoolteacher and the contrasts between his public and private lives, the film documents pre-AIDS gay culture in West Berlin in the early 1980s. Ripploh has stated that much of the film was autobiographical. The name literally means Taxi to the Toilet (or "Taxi to the John", etc.), that being a place for casual gay sex.[1][2]


  • Frank Ripploh as Frank Ripploh
  • Bernd Broaderup as Bernd
  • Orpha Termin
  • Peter Fahrni as Gas station attendant
  • Hans-Gerd Mehrtens as the Leather Boy
  • Dieter Godde
  • Klaus Schnee
  • Bernd Kroger
  • Markus Voigtlander
  • Irmgard Lademacher
  • Gregor Becker
  • Marguerite Dupont
  • Eberhard Freudenthal
  • Beate Springer
  • Millie Büttner
  • Gitta Lederer
  • Toller Cranston in a cameo role as himself

Critical reception[edit]

The Village Voice hailed it as 'the first masterpiece about the mainstream of male gay life'.[3] Taxi zum Klo tied with Beau-père in winning the 1981 Boston Society of Film Critics Award for best foreign language film.[4]


  1. ^ Movie Review: Taxi zum Klo (1981) Janet Maslin, The New York Times, 2 October 1981.
  2. ^ Taxi Zum Klo, review Sukhdev Sandhu, The Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2011.
  3. ^ Private Affairs: Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social Relations by Phillip Brian Harper, paperback edition, page 70
  4. ^ "Past Award Winners," Boston Society of Film Critics, URL accessed March 1, 2013.

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