The Tenderness of Wolves (film)

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The Tenderness of Wolves
Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe.jpg
German theatrical release poster
Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe
Directed by Ulli Lommel
Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder[1]
Screenplay by Kurt Raab[1]
Music by Peer Raben
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges[1]
Edited by
  • Thea Eymèsz
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder[1]
Distributed by Cinegate (1976, UK)
Release date
  • June 29, 1973 (1973-06-29)
Running time
82 minutes[1]
Country West Germany[1]
Language German

The Tenderness of Wolves, (German: Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe) is a 1973 West German horror film directed by Ulli Lommel. The story is based on the crimes of German serial killer and cannibal Fritz Haarmann. It was written by Kurt Raab, who also stars in the film, and produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It was entered into the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival.


Fritz Haarmann is a serial killer who uses his position as a government inspector to rape and murder young boys in war-torn Germany. After killing his victims, he shares the meat with his circle of cannibal friends.



The Tenderness of Wolves was Lommel's third directorial effort.


The Tenderness of Wolves was released on June 29, 1973.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 

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