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Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)

Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Jürgen Prochnow, Rosel Zech, more...
Director: Ulli Lommel, Ulli Lommel
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Germany, Crime
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

This dark horror film from director Ulli Lommel was based on the real-life crimes of Fritz Haarman (Kurt Raab), the so-called "Vampire of Dusseldorf" who murdered over 25 young boys, drank their blood, and sold their flesh as black-market meat. Several German films had depicted Haarman's murderous exploits, most notably Fritz Lang's classic M (1931), but Lommel's version is far more graphic and horrifying. Produced by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who also appears, the film revels in pseudo-Expressionistic imagery which sears itself into the viewer's mind. Raab's performance is reminiscent of both Peter Lorre in M and Max Schreck in the vampire classic Nosferatu (1922), but is unforgettable in its own right. A deeply disturbing cinematic poem about the face of true evil, this overlooked classic has developed a cult following, but is not recommended for sensitive viewers. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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Dracula meets nambla by tubebubble October 15, 2002 - 2:54 PM PDT
4 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Beautyful flic,
Awesome cinematography the lighting style very reminisant of early german cinema; kinda Murnau meets Lang (or, Nosferatu meets M?) definately a intentional Homage to the street film and Expressionism.
You can definately see Fassbinder's hand in it as producer it has that dark, almost serio-comic edge to it. It was helpfull to know a bit of post WW1 world and German history to put the show better into context (the Versalles treaty really messed Germany up, think the U.S great depression after massive bombings). The acting, particularlly Kurt Rabb, was great ,very sensitive POV but sick . Although even more twisted is the complisity of the towns folk who know what is going on. Very disturbing yet extremely funny, lot's of naked german youth too if that is your thing,
enjoy, and see you at the movies

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