The Tenderness of Wolves (film)

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The Tenderness of Wolves
Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe.jpg
German film poster for Tenderness of the Wolves
Directed by Ulli Lommel
Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder[1]
Screenplay by Kurt Raab[1]
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges[1]
Edited by
  • Thea Eymèsz
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder[1]
Release dates
  • June 29, 1973 (1973-06-29)
Running time
82 minutes[1]
Country West Germany[1]

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


Fritz Haarmann (Kurt Raab, who also wrote the film) 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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