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Plot: Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this interrogation Haarmann reveals his motives and his killing methods.
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More horrifying than any cinema-killer, proof that sometimes “less means more”
If you’re interested in real-life-crime films, then this film is a pure recommendation. However, keep in mind, this film is structured more like a chamber-play, carried by two actors: Götz George as child-murderer and cannibal Fritz Haarmann and Jürgen Hentsch as police-psychologist Prof. Dr. Ernst Schultze, who tries to peek into the mind of a monster in human-shape.
Don’t expect intricate psycho-games like in “Silence of the Lambs”. Don’t expect any action; 99.9 percent of the scenes take place in one room alone. And if you’re looking for gory murder, move on; there are none. However, when Haarmann talks about his crimes as casually as a butcher would about preparing cattle for consumption, I can guarantee you that you’ll be grateful that those scenes are “only” in your head.
Some people have pointed out that George would have deserved an Oscar for his performance and I couldn’t agree more. George had been best known as TV-policeman Schimanski, probably the most iconic character from the whole “Tatort”-Series. But as is often with such cases, George had grown sick of been typecast and wanted to break the mold. With “Der Totmacher” (and around the same time with the TV-Thriller “Der Sandmann”) he managed to do just that and establish himself among the great actors of his generation.
Within seconds the memory of Schimanksi, the tough street-cop with a heart of gold, is forgotten and there is only Fritz Haarmann: A seemingly harmless figure, at times even timid and child-like, intellectually and mentally retarded, plagued by a bad childhood and at times unable to understand what’s going on around him. But since the story is based on the original files, we know that this is a cunning psychopath, convicted of the murder of 24 boys (there may have been more), whom he killed often by biting their throats and turning their flesh into sausage, often offering his neighbors some of his “home-cooking”. As Haarmann and Schultze grown more comfortable (for the lack of a better word) with each other, there always looms the question of how much Haarmann actually plays the fool (Haarmann had worked as a snitch for the police prior to his arrest and was often described as by no means as simple as he presented himself during interrogation).
Jürgen Hentschs performance is no less impressive. He plays the sober, proficient psychologist, who tries to maintain the necessary professional distance from his “subject”, but being only human, cannot always conceal his emotions and personal opinions about this monster he has to work with. These range from suspicions to disgust and at times, even pity and sympathy. In other words: Hentsch is almost a catalyst for what the viewers will feel.
I often wondered: Had some director attempted a similar cinematic “experiment” with the Thomas Harris figure Hannibal Lecter, would it have been accomplished or interesting as “The Totmacher”? Probably not. “The Totmacher” shows that reality often is much more horrific than anything an author can come up with and that it is very possible to create something great with only two human beings and a room. However, like me and many other critics have stated: you have to bring along a little patience and an interest in the subjects rather than the action.
An Oscar for best actor
I really think that in this movie Gotz deserved an academy award. When you watch the movie you really think: “This guy is a fuc…g psychopath!” Especially when he talks about how he chopped a corpse and then laughs, like it was fun! He says that he made sausages out of it… And yet somehow… you see this man, who in reality is still a boy. He hasn’t got a clear idea of what a crime is, or how he should feel about it. Creepy stuff and for this performance Gotz deserved an Oscar.
The mood is very creepy also. Like a true European film it focuses on feelings rather than special effects where you can see how arms and legs were chopped of. This is not a movie about the act of killing but a movie about the psyche of a mass murderer.
Somehow it’s even better than the Silence of the lambs. 🙂
See it! It’s a must!
Original Language de
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Romuald Karmakar
Writer Romuald Karmakar, Michael Farin
Actors Götz George, Jürgen Hentsch, Pierre Franckh
Awards 7 wins & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 535
Laboratory Hadeko Film-Technik, Neuss, Germany, Südwestfunk Baden-Baden (SWF), Germany
Film Length 3,119 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 16 mm (anamorphic), 35 mm