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|GERMANY IN AUTUMN (DEUTSCHLAND IM HERBST) (directors: Alexander Kluge/Alf Brustellin/Rainer Werner Fassbinder/Bernhard Sinkel/Hans Peter Cloos/Katja Rupé/Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus/Maximiliane Mainka/Peter Schubert/Edgar Reitz/Volker Schlöndorff; screenwriter: Alf Brustellin/Henrich Boll/Peter SteinBach; cinematographer: Michael Ballhaus/Jergen Jurges/Bodo Kessler/Dietrich Lohmann/Colin Mounier/Jorg-Schmidt-Reitwein; editor: Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus; music: Ennio Morricone/Katja Rupé/Hans Peter Cloos/Angela Winkler/Vadim Glowna/Helmet Griem/Mario Adorf/Armin Meier; cast: Horst Mahler (Himself), Helmut Griem (Mahler's interviewer), Katja Rupé (Franziska Busch), Hannelore Hoger (Gabi Teichert), Alexander Kluge (narrator); Runtime: 119; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Theo Hinz/Herbert Kerz; Facets Video; 1978-Germany-in German with English subtitles)|
happened over thirty years ago, the film is still
urgent and mind-blowing, as its fictions and
truths merge as one hell of an arty way to have a
debate over terrorism."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Alexander Kluge was
organizer of a bunch of noted German New Wave
Werner Fassbinder/Bernhard Sinkel/Hans
Cloos/Katja Rupé/Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus/Maximiliane Mainka/Peter Schubert/Edgar Reitz/and
Schlöndorff) to make this
collaborative movie that contains nine short fiction
documentary films reflecting, in an essay form, on the terrorist kidnapping
and killing of prominent German industrialist
Hanns-Martin Schleyer in the fall of 1977.
The film is book-ended by two funerals--the industrialist's at the beginning and at the end the three terrorist killers, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Enslin, and Jean-Carl Raspe, members of the notorious Baader-Meinhof gang (also known as the RAF), at the maximum-security Stammheim Prison at Stuttgart. Their mysterious deaths were called suicides by the German authorities, but state murder by the left.
Kluge's segment has
Gabi Teichert uncover Germany's liking for acrimonious
segment, filmed in his
apartment, is personal, showing him engage in heated
his uncaring male lover about terrorism and bullying
his mother about
her willingness to forgo democratic principles to
terrorists like they did the vic and that she would
even welcome back
the old-school authoritarian leaders from the past to
in the country. An upset Fassbinder goes into a rant
dumps his lover, gets drunk, snorts drugs and vomits
in the toilet. It
was the film's most potent segment, because it was an
bravely showing us his true
feelings in unadulterated terms. Other segments that
caught my fancy
were the following: the interview from prison of RAF (Red Army Faction) co-founder Horst Mahler.
lawyer is now serving a
14-year prison term for his
terrorist activities, and
makes a case why
and revolutionaries were once needed on moral grounds
to stamp out the
remnants of fascism still remaining in German society
but are no longer
needed; and, the laughable one directed by Volker
Schlöndorff and scripted
by novelist Boll and Schlöndorff, of empty suit TV producers
it's imperative that they censor the upcoming
presentation of Sophocles
5th century B.C. play Antigone for its political
references because the
young might misinterpret it for a call for subversion.
Though events happened
thirty years ago, the film is still relevant,
exciting, urgent and
and truths merge as one hell of an arty way to have a
REVIEWED ON 3/5/2011 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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