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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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Bruno
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Johanna
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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 (also Waffenhändler (voice)) (as Wil Rabenbauer)
Howard Gaines ...
Raoul
Peter Moland ...
Leiter des Syndikatsverhörs
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Aufsichtsperson im Kaufhaus
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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)  »

Also Known As:

El amor es más frío que la muerte  »

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DEM 95,000 (estimated)
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Rainer Werner Fassbinder performs a number of different roles on this film: He was director, writer, actor and editor. See more »

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Für Claude Chabrol, Éric 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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