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Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (1969)

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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Ursula Strätz ...
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Kellnerin beim Türken (as Monika Stadler)
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Howard Gaines ...
Raoul
Peter Moland ...
Leiter des Syndikatsverhörs
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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. 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)  »

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El amor es más frío que la muerte  »

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DEM 95,000 (estimated)
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This film is considered as the first part of a black-and-white Gangster Film Trilogy by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the subsequent films being Gods of the Plague (1970) and The American Soldier (1970). See more »

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

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Low energy cinema....at its worst
3 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the sort of filmmaker film experts and 'smart people' love...but is a filmmaker the average person would quickly dismiss as pretentious and boring. I would generally put myself in the latter group, though he did make a few excellent low budget films (such as "Ali, Fear Eats the Soul"). In general, however, I find his movies incredibly dull...very, very low energy and made as if everyone involved with the project were heavily sedated! "Love is Colder Than Death" is worse, however....like they are not just sedated but practically comatose! Imagine...a gangster film where everyone, especially the crooks, are asleep!!

The story is scant. Suffice to say it's about a trio who commit crimes and Bruno ends up killing a lot of folks with zero emotion, zero energy and, as a result, zero interest by someone watching the movie. They exist...they don't live.

The bottom line is that this is a dull, pretentious sort of artsy picture. I hate such films. I would MUCH prefer film noir or French film noir (such as a film by Melville)...not this slow as molasses and uninvolving low budget crap. It's just plain boring...even when one of the character takes off her clothes!


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