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Liebe ist kälter als der Tod

Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany, 1969

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Love Is Colder Than Death

Fassbinder rigorously subverts the usual 'kiss-kiss, bang-bang' approach of the American crime picture by placing the emphasis on languorous observation and dress-up façade. As such, it's a story about a heist where the heist is secondary to the cruel manipulation of the protagonists - as they plot, pose, scheme and deceive - in an extended deconstruction of the character relationships of Godard's Bande à part...