There is a film. I have known about it for some time, a German film about a German serial killer, but . . .?! I have ne'er seen it. Then a poster to another board, which I am registered, recommended it, so I looked for a copy of the film, and when I found it, I watched it.
It is not the 1st German film about this serial killer. There is also 1931's "M," which is less historical, whereas the killer's victims were all males, between the ages of 10 and 22, with the average age being 16 and a half, the victims in "M" were all girls, or, as I remembered it, a combination of boys and girls, but . . .?! the better film.
More focused instead of all o'er the map.
Fewer extraneous scenes. You can take a lot out of the later film and not miss anything.
More sympathy for the victim.
And where my sympathy lies. More sympathy for the families of the victims.
While the later film is the best film by the director, he is no Fritz Lang, who directed "M."
Indeed, the director rivals Uwe Boll for directing the most bad films in the German film industry,
Peter Lorre who played the serial killer in "M" is the better actor than the actor in the later film. Better at depicting his mental breakdown. Though that may not be the fault of the actor, as the breakdown in the later film is depicted off screen, while the breakdown is depicted on screen in "M."
Though, the actor in the later film does out act Lorre in one aspect. While Lorre is known for his creepy characters, including the one in "M." The one here outdoes him in the creepiness department. When he sees a pretty boy he wants to take home with him, so he can rape and then kill the boy, he gets this really strange expression on his face, and then he starts to lick his lips. It just really creeps you out.
And whereas most actors look to play characters that are likable, one has to say something about the courage of actor who plays such an unlikable character.
There are several other weaknesses to the film.
The actor in the later film is made to look more like Peter Lorre than the historical serial killer. Thus, reminding you of Lorre.
Just as I thought. The later film was moved to the present day for economic reasons. The weakness in that is that the real serial killer was a product of his time, or 50 years, before the film was made. Thus, weakening the story.
The film should go into more details about the killer's life outside of the killings, and it does not.
It is unclear, unlike "M," whether it is trying to elicit sympathy for the killer.
And the film is not seamless, unlike "M," as to you can see the stitches used to sew the set pieces together.
Still . . .?! Despite its weaknesses and it not being as good as "M," I found it an interesting film to watch.
Interesting how the parts made up the whole, especially, as I am not that familiar with German films.
If serial killers are said to have an interesting life, before they start killing, then the one in the film had one of the more interesting lives.
And the rarity of the film was interesting.
--Rare. Though, there are more films out there about serial killers then I thought, many by this director, films about serial killers are rare.
--Rarer. Even in books about serial killers, seldom do you find stories, where all the victims are male. Either they are all female or a combination of male and female.
--Rarest. And unlike most films about serial killers, which are grade Z schlock, this was a quality production.
Finally, 2 suggestions and a warning.
1st suggestion. Understand German. While there are English subtitles, I think one loses something, when the film has to resort to subtitles to understand it.
2nd suggestion. Read up about the serial killer depicted in the film. It actually helps one to appreciate the film.
And a warning. Whereas, most nudity in most films is female. Here all the nudity is male, and some of it is underage nudity.
Thus . . .
The film is "Tenderness of the Wolves."
The director is Ulli Lommel.
The writer and star is Kurt Raab.
The producer, who also stars in a small role, is Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
The only known name internationally is probably Jurgen Prochnow, who did a number of TV movies previously, but . . .?! This was only his 2nd theatrical film.