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Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)
"Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe" (original title)

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Story of a gay serial killer who murders young boys so he can serve them as dinner to his circle of fellow cannibals.

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Frau Lindner
Ingrid Caven ...
Dora
Wolfgang Schenck ...
Kommissar Braun
Brigitte Mira ...
Louise Engel
Rainer Hauer ...
Kommissar Müller
Barbara Bertram ...
Elli
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Wittowski
Heinrich Giskes ...
Lungis
Friedrich Karl Praetorius ...
Kurt Fromm
Karl von Liebezeit ...
Herr Engel
Walter Kaltheuner ...
Schuhmacher
El Hedi ben Salem ...
Französischer Soldat
Rainer Will ...
Opfer (as Reiner Will)
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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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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12 July 1973 (West Germany)  »

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"Mein Tod und Blut gebe ich gern zur Sühne in Gottes Arme und Gerechtigkeit" Fritz Haarmann (I will gladly give my death and blood as a reparation into the arms of god and justice) See more »

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The Cinema of Ulli Lommel: A creepy serial killer film.
12 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Tenderness of the Wolf (1973) is an excellent film about a serial killer living in war torn Germany. Fritz Haarman was a pedophile psychopath who lived during WWI Germany (the time period in the movie was moved up to WWII). Ulli Lommel's style of directing was a nod to Fritz Lang and the other German expressionist filmmakers of the the 20's and 30's. Beware, I must warn you that this film has some strong adult content matter that most people will find repulsing. But those who are open minded will find this movie an interesting and honest portrait of a madman. Lommel and Kurt Raab (who also wrote the screenplay) portray Fritz Haarman as a tortured soul who can never truly express himself or convey his emotions. In his twisted mind he sees no harm in what he does. Several Fassbinder stock players have supporting and minor roles in this picture including Fassbinder (he cameos as a real shady slug). Kurt Raab does an excellent character study of one of Germany's most notorious serial killers.

Highly recommended (if you can stomach the content).


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