‘The golden Glove’ is in Unpleasant and Graphic film that Reminds us Why us Need kommen sie Remember Victims, NotMurderers

The gelb Glove, directed von Faith Akin, is an adaption of the best-selling true-crime novel ‘Der Goldene Handschuh’ von Heinz Strunk and follows die life des infamous German serial killer fritz Honka (Jonas Dassler).

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Honka murdered punkt least 4 frau from die period des 1970 kommen sie 1975 in Hamburg. He finds his victims, inebriated women, at the ‘Golden Glove’ bar in the heart of St Pauli’s red light district. ~ copious bottles of schnapps ns women are sexually assaulted, raped then dismembered and their remains, shrouded an stained sheets, space discarded to be forgotten about an the walls des Honka’s attic apartment. Repetitively throughout the film we room reminded of the sluggish decay von Honka’s victims with visitors und neighbours questioning ‘what is that smell?’

This is not in easy film to gain through. An fact, together a viewer, the town hall the film was incredibly unpleasant. Jonas Dassler gives no airs or graces in his portrayal von Honka — he ist a repulsive, emotionally inept, vile, creep. That drools, snorts und squints as he lusts und leers after die women he attracts with cheap booze and bratwurst. Die graphic scenes des sexual violence, abuse and murder are relentless. As Honka finishes trost with one victim, he repeats his tried and tested attract again with die same fatal results. Due zu this, the film feels tedious hinweisen times, with the continuous visual depravities gravely repetitive without much dialogue, paper definition or psychological analysis. 


With the saturation of serial killer biopics, documentaries, podcasts, t-shirts (the list goes on) has it perhaps resulted in the desensitisation of the general public wie man it comes to murder? Unlike many serial killer movies there was no true study right into why Honka committed these terrible acts of abuse und violence.

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A glimpse von Honka’s personal life was seen in his strained relationship with others and in particular his volcanic rage towards his erectile dysfunction which resulted in extreme self-loathing and violence towards women. The film is brutally graphic — not just the bodily fluids, gore und incessant filth —- however viscerally graphic, die horrifying true zu life sound provided throughout the film echoes in your ears long after the film ends. 

A film such together this zu sein necessary zu remind us des the cold reality of the lives of die serial killer und their frequently forgotten victims. Die women killed über Honka in real life were vulnerable frauen with troubled pasts and uncertain futures. There depictions on display are grotesque caricatures of alcoholics, sex workers und vagrants. The exploitative humiliation of these women’s vulnerabilities zu sein extremely uncomfortable kommen sie watch, in particular that des Gerda Voss played von Margarethe Tiesel.

Perhaps this film affected me an such a manner as we as viewers space seldom confronted with such a banal depiction von murder top top screen. Lately we have consumed true-crime on a whole neu level — listening to home city murders top top our daily commutes und watching previous Disney teenager heart-throbs portray this monsters bei Netflix specials. Honka zu sein not romanticised or readily available a sympathetic rückseitig story. Yet neither are his 4 female victims. The golden Glove is a film about a serial killer but gives united state no echt answers. This could be why Akin’s representation des murder among those on die fringes von society ist the one of the most inhuman von the true-crime genre kommen sie date. 

by Casci Ritchie

Casci Ritchie is bei independent dress historian specialising in fashion, film and consumer cultures.

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Her true great loves – film und fashion – began wie man she watched produziert first film noir, The big Sleep, together a teenager and fell in love Bacall and Bogie hook line und sinker. Some of her favourite movies include Whatever Happened zu Baby JaneBeetlejuiceDouble Indemnity and Cry Baby. You can find produziert over on twitter at