Cruising the Movies presents TAXI ZUM KLO

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Screening as part of the IFC Center’s new queer series programmed and hosted by Elizabeth Purchell and KJ Shepherd, Cruising the Movies.

Tuesday, June 11: Introduction by Elizabeth Purchell and KJ Shepherd at 7:00 p.m.

New Restoration!

A gay schoolteacher tries to balance his newfound relationship with his compulsive addiction to cruising public toilets for sex in this fearlessly semi-autobiographical debut from writer/director/star Frank Ripploh. Seized by Customs and banned in several countries upon its original release, TAXI ZUM KLO is one of the greatest and most controversial gay films of the 1980s. Hilarious, shocking, hot, and thought-provoking, often all at the same time, TAXI ZUM KLO’s influence continues to reverberate through modern queer cinema—most notably in Ira Sachs’ latest film, PASSAGES.

“Cruising the Movies” is a new screening series at IFC Center that explores the fringes, the underground, and the oft ignored chapters of queer cinema history.

Each month, series programmers and hosts Elizabeth Purchell and KJ Shepherd will not only present a film outside the edges of mainstream gay cinema but also release a podcast that gives a deeper dive into the history, production, and impact of these selections. Through interviews, archival sources, and conversations with filmmakers, critics, and historians, this podcast and screening series will uncover how cinema is inextricable from queer history at large.

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