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Love is Colder Than Death

Germany, German, 88 mins

Original Title

Liebe ist kälter als der Tod
  • Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Writer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Producer: Irm Hermann; Thomas Schamoni

CGiii Comment

Fassbinder's first feature...atmospheric, stark and firmly influenced by Godard.

Joyless is the only word that describes this or, perhaps, boring.

Where exactly is the comedy!?!


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The(ir) Blurb...

Unusual gangster story, in which a small-time pimp Franz, who is torn between his mistress and Bruno the gangster sent after him by the syndicate that he has refused to join. Things are turned on their head when Franz and Bruno become friends, to the point that they even share Franz's girlfriend Joanna. But Joanna soon becomes bored of Bruno, and when he plots a bank robbery, she reports it to the police before Bruno's scheme to kill her can succeed. Bruno is shot dead by the police, but the lovers manage to escape.

Cast & Characters

Ulli Lommel as Bruno;
Hanna Schygulla as Johanna;
Katrin Schaake as Dame im Zug;
Liz Soellner as Zeitungsverkäuferin;
Gisela Otto as 1. Prostituierte;
Ursula Strätz as Fette Prostituierte;
Monika Nüchtern as Kellnerin beim Türken;
Hans Hirschmüller as Peter;
Les Olvides as Georges;
Peer Raben as Jürgen;
Howard Gaines as Raoul;
Peter Moland as Leiter des Syndikatsverhörs;
Kurt Raab as Aufsichtsperson im Kaufhaus;
Peter Berling as Illegaler Waffenhändler;
Anastassios Karalas as Türke

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