Frank Ripploh

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Ripploh made quite a splash in both the waning days of "New German Cinema" and the international art-house scene with his debut feature, "Taxi zum Klo" (1980), but his career in features has not sustained itself. An ... Read more »
Born: 09/02/1949 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (4)

Taxi Nach Kairo 1987 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Querelle 1982 (Movie)

3rd Man (Actor)

Kamikaze '89 1981 (Movie)

Gangster (Actor)

Taxi zum Klo 1980 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)
Director (2)

Taxi Nach Kairo 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Taxi zum Klo 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Taxi Nach Kairo 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taxi zum Klo 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Taxi zum Klo 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Ripploh made quite a splash in both the waning days of "New German Cinema" and the international art-house scene with his debut feature, "Taxi zum Klo" (1980), but his career in features has not sustained itself. An extremely low-budget affair made, atypically for a German film at that time, without state support, "Taxi" was written and directed by the bold and enterprising neophyte. The long-faced, bearded and hawk-nosed Ripploh also engagingly played the leading role of Frank, a schoolteacher torn between his love of promiscuity, drag, public sex and the S&M leather scene on one hand and his romance with a monogamous theater manager on the other. Emerging at a time when gay-themed features were briefly making inroads in the USA and elsewhere, "Taxi" was unusually free of the sugar coating that marred most of the other, more tentative films. Both it and its leading character were remarkably frank and even explicit, and yet the film managed to charm critics and audiences alike with its vigor, insight, wit and lack of guilt.

Milestones

1987

Wrote, produced, directed and played the leading role in "Taxi Nach Kairo/Taxi to Cairo", a sequel to "Taxi zum Klo"

1982

Played small roles in a couple of feature films, including "Kamikaze '89" and "Querelle", the latter being the last film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

1980

Wrote, produced, directed and played the leading role in his first feature film, "Taxi zum Klo/Taxi to the Toilet"

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