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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Raab ...
Jeff Roden ...
Margit Carstensen ...
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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DEM 250,000 (estimated)
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Listed as one of the 1,000 movies that will change your life in the book by TimeOut. See more »

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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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Edited into Ulli Lommel's Zodiac Killer (2005) See more »

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Not intended as a documentary...
17 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this film to be more interesting than I expected. The film, to me, is clearly not meant to be a historic film about Fritz Haarmann. There is a line in the film that makes a reference to the Nazi's (their rise to power wasn't until nine years after Haarmann's execution) and how difficult life is for everyone in post-war Germany. The character of Fritz Haarmann was used as a metaphor for the German people "cannabalizing" each other just to survive. The costumes, language, and vehicles also seemed to be of a later decade. Much like Werner Herzog's "The Enegma of Kaspar Hauser", "Tenderness of the Wolves" uses a real historical figure (taken with some liberties) as a criticism of society as a whole. Having said that, the film is not particularly outstanding in any way. The concept is interesting, and contains the leading actors of Fassbinder's "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul", as well as Fissbinder himself. Still, I would have to say the film is only slightly above average; both as a Fassbinder film and the German New Wave.


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