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Love is Colder Than Death (1969)
"Liebe ist kälter als der Tod" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Bruno
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Johanna
Katrin Schaake ...
Dame im Zug
Liz Söllner ...
Zeitungsverkäuferin
Gisela Otto ...
Prostituierte
Ursula Strätz ...
Prostituierte
Monika Nüchtern ...
Kellnerin beim Türken (as Monika Stadler)
Hans Hirschmüller ...
Peter
Les Olvides ...
Georges
Peer Raben ...
Jürgen (as Wil Rabenbauer)
Howard Gaines ...
Raoul
Peter Moland ...
Leiter des Syndikatsverhörs
Kurt Raab ...
Aufsichtsperson im Kaufhaus
Peter Berling ...
Illegaler Waffenhändler
Anastassios Karalas ...
Türke
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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. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Eine knallharte Geschichte vom Leben, vom Lieben und vom Sterben

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16 January 1970 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El amor es más frío que la muerte  »

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DEM 95,000 (estimated)
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This movie was initially poorly received and booed at the 19th Berlin International Film Festival in 1969. See more »

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Für Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Marie Straub, Linio und Cuncho See more »

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amateurish and lame
3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie sucked. it's got a halfassed scenario which seems to be invented solely for the purposes of a young man (RWF) to make himself look cool and show a chick's tits.

The scenery is bleak and the dialogue dull/forced. The whole time the three main characters constantly try to act cool, in a very dated way. There is occasional action, and it is staged very poorly. Gunshots/punching sounds are never timed right, and one scene even fully shows a guy getting shot, without any puncturing or bleeding. He just wiggles around to the soundtrack of gun noises.

You could say "the pacing is slow", but that would be an understatement. Often there is nothing going on for several minutes... one scene in particular presents RWF and co. walking down a road, smoking, not saying anything, for 3 minutes. Lots of stuff like this. These guys clearly didn't know what they were doing. Extremely unprofessional... I wonder how many of his early films are just him and his friends running around, being boring?

If you're a hardcore Fassbinder fan, i guess it might give you a kick to see his painful first efforts. I would stick to later, more figured-out stuff, or the enjoyable first 2 short films.


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