Love Is Colder Than Death

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An independent criminal's work is admired by organized crime. He is tortured after he refuses the invitation to join the gang but later relents and becomes a member. He continues to be a pimp and a murderer in this disturbing film that appeared at the Berlin Film Festival in 1969. This feature garnered international recognition for writer/director Rainer Werner Fassbinder who would go on to become one of Germany's most prolific directors of the post-World War II era.

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Katrin Schaake
as Dame im Zug
Ingrid Caven
as Prostituierte (uncredited)
Irm Hermann
as Sonnenbrillenverkäuferin (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Love Is Colder Than Death

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The makings of a powerful filmmaker are clearly in evidence.

Oct 28, 2003 | Full Review…

An unabashed and unrestrained ode to cinema penned by a young man who would become one of its greatest artists.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Flouting conventional wisdom, Fassbinder stages scene after scene against a blank white wall as characters shuffle back and forth and almost disappear into the blinding haze.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Love Is Colder Than Death is heavily abstracted, with the characters more like models in a fashion layout than people in a story.

Sep 4, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The attitudinizing New Wave thriller is turned into narcotized tableaux

Feb 14, 2010 | Full Review…

This film is too stylized and protracted to interest the average crime-movie fan. It's recommended only for Fassbinder completists.

Sep 18, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Is Colder Than Death


An interesting debut but ultimately a tad bland.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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fassbinder's first feature gets off to a difficult start showing perhaps a bit too much of his roots in experimental theater. however i was soon hooked into it's existential gangster narrative, with fassbinder himself playing a tough guy in his favorite leather jacket. the bank heist at the end seems almost an afterthought. a kind of deconstruction of godard's 'bande à part'

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Fassbinder's austere & stark debut, Feel the coldness & the blankness & of course beware of a jealous whore!! I actually liked this a bit better than Godard's Breathless

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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