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Tenderness of Wolves (The)

Germany, German, 95 mins

Original Title

Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe
  • Director: Ulli Lommel
  • Writer: Kurt Raab
  • Producer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Michael Fengler

CGiii Comment

Fritz Haarman...the Butcher of Hanover.

This is almost like a colourful version of Fritz Lang's M.

However, this is a little more graphic, none of the subtleties nor the censorship of M.

It is disturbingly atmospheric - clear evidence that Lommel can actually direct something of merit.

So what happened to his later career?

Could he only direct when Fassbinder-his-guru was around?


The(ir) Blurb...

In 1925, in Germany, Fritz Haarmann is a homosexual, thief and sneak, having a special license from the police. He sells meat in the black market. He also kills boys and young men, drinking their blood, quarter-sewing their bodies and throwing away the parts in a river. Certainly what he sells in the black market is human meat.

Cast & Characters

Kurt Raab as Fritz Haarmann;
Jeff Roden as Hans Grans;
Margit Carstensen as Frau Lindner;
Ingrid Caven as Dora;
Wolfgang Schenck as Kommissar Braun;
Brigitte Mira as Louise Engel;
Rainer Hauer as Kommissar Muller;
Barbara Bertram as Elli;
Rainer Werner Fassbinder as Wittowski;
Heinrich Giskes as Lungis;
Friedrich Karl Praetorius as Kurt Fromm;
Karl von Liebezeit as Herr Engel;
Walter Kaltheuner as Schuhmacher;
El Hedi ben Salem as Franzosischer Soldat;
Rainer Will as Opfer

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