Liebe ist Kälter als der Tod (Love Is Colder Than Death)
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Liebe ist Kälter als der Tod (Love Is Colder Than Death)
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. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The makings of a powerful filmmaker are clearly in evidence."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"The attitudinizing New Wave thriller is turned into narcotized tableaux"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"These disquieting moments evoke a strange and complex sexual relationship between the film's characters bound to end in ravishing betrayals."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"This film is too stylized and protracted to interest the average crime-movie fan. It's recommended only for Fassbinder completists."
‑ Robert Pardi, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"the least eventful crime movie ever"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Love Is Colder Than Death is heavily abstracted, with the characters more like models in a fashion layout than people in a story."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Incredibly assured debut film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews