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Love is Colder Than Death

Love is Colder Than Death

Love is Colder Than Death

1969 / 88min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER

CAST: ULLI LOMMEL, HANNA SCHYGULLA, KATRIN SCHAAKE, RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER

Fassbinder’s first feature, a tough three-cornered criminal-class romance, arrived bearing a title that might seem to encapsulate his body of work to come. The director plays small-time Munich pimp Franz, who embarks on a thrill-kill crime spree with his prostitute girlfriend (Hanna Schygulla) and his new gangster pal (Ulli Lommel), the trio becoming emotionally entangled along the way. A kick-down-the-door debut, rough, resourceful, and redolent of the stink of the streets.

Screening in the series Late Nights at Metrograph.