Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (1973)

West Germany, 1973
82m
35mm film, colour, 1.66:1
mono, German

A West German horror film directed by Ulli Lommel.

Plot Summary

A serial killer preys on young boys and serves them up at meetings of his fellow cannibals.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Ulli Lommel
Tango Film
Produced by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michael Fengler
Written by: Kurt Raab
Director of Photography: Jürgen Jürges
Editors: Thea Eymèsz, Franz Walsch [real name: Rainer Werner Fassbinder]
Music: Peer Raben
Make-up: Elfie Kruse
Production Designer: Kurt Raab

Cast
Kurt Raab (Inspector Fritz Haarmann)
Jeff Roden (Hans Grans)
Margit Carstensen (Frau Lindner)
Ingrid Caven (Dora)
Wolfgang Schenck (Kommissar Braun)
Brigitte Mira (Louise Engel)
Rainer Hauer (Kommissar Müller)
Barbara Bertram (Elli)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Wittowski)
Heinrich Giskes (Lungis)
Friedrich Karl Praetorius (Kurt Fromm)
Karl von Liebezeit (Herr Engel)
Walter Kaltheuner (shoemaker)
El Hedi ben Salem (French soldier)
Reiner Will, Inigo Natzel, Hans Tarantik, Johannes Wacker, Oliver Hirschmüller (victims)
Christoph Eichhorn (bather)
Rosel Zech (woman at the door)
Irm Hermann, Renate Grosser (women donating clothes)
Jürgen Prochnow, Wolfgang Schneider (fences)
Hans Hirschmüller (bicicle customer)

Alternative Titles

Tenderness of the Wolves – English language title

References

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.287 – credits, review
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.244-245
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.307
  • Film Review 1976-1977 by F. Maurice Speed p.185
  • Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death by James Marriott & Kim Newman p.176
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 388 – credits
  • by Walt Lee p.556 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.453-455 – credits, review