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Love Is Colder Than Death (1969)

Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 16 January 1970 (West Germany)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulli Lommel ... Bruno
Hanna Schygulla ... Johanna
Katrin Schaake ... Dame im Zug
Liz Söllner Liz Söllner ... Zeitungsverkäuferin
Gisela Otto Gisela Otto ... Prostituierte
Ursula Strätz Ursula Strätz ... Prostituierte
Monika Nüchtern Monika Nüchtern ... Kellnerin beim Türken (as Monika Stadler)
Hans Hirschmüller ... Peter
Les Olvides Les Olvides ... Georges
Peer Raben Peer Raben ... Jürgen (also Waffenhändler (voice)) (as Wil Rabenbauer)
Howard Gaines Howard Gaines ... Raoul
Peter Moland Peter Moland ... Leiter des Syndikatsverhörs
Kurt Raab ... Aufsichtsperson im Kaufhaus
Peter Berling ... Illegaler Waffenhändler
Anastassios Karalas 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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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

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German | English

Release Date:

16 January 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Is Colder Than Death See more »

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Budget:

DEM 95,000 (estimated)
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Antiteater-X-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Franz Walsch: I'm looking for round glasses like the cop in "Psycho" had. The guy who finds Janet Leigh's car. Do you know what I mean?
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Für Claude Chabrol, Éric Rohmer, Jean-Marie Straub, Linio und Cuncho See more »


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Joyless, but OK
24 November 2009 | by wvisser-leusdenSee all my reviews

'Liebe ist kalter als der Tod (= German for 'love is colder than death'), from 1969, is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's first film.

Shot in black and white, it sometimes shows a little 'wooden' and imperfect. Nevertheless it surely contains all well-known Fassbinder features: a very German setting, slow speed, serious, with a strong touch of realism & pessimism.

Although Fassbinder himself extensively acts, female lead Hanna Schygulla by far adds the greatest value here. After 'Liebe', she should feature in many other Fassbinder-productions.

This film's somewhat weird title nevertheless fully covers its joyless plot. Strangely this lack of fun is somehow accentuated by Schygulla's brief nude appearances. They make an unusual contrast, already revealing Fassbinder's genius at this early stage in his career.


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