The Tenderness of Wolves (film)

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Tenderness of the Wolves
(Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe)
Directed by Ulli Lommel
Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Written by Kurt Raab
Starring Kurt Raab
Jeff Roden
Margit Carstensen
Ingrid Caven
Wolfgang Schenck
Brigitte Mira
Rainer Hauer
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Release dates
Running time
82 min.
Country Germany
Language German

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.

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