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Germany in Autumn (1978)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder , Alexander Kluge  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Directors: Alexander Kluge
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FACETS
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043VUHVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Germany in Autumn" on IMDb

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Produced in response to the kidnapping and murder of a prominent industrialist by a German terrorist group 30 years ago, this film will resonate with today s audiences who are all too familiar with political terrorism. Germany in Autumn features a series of nonfiction and fiction segments bookended by two funerals the industrialist s at the beginning and the terrorists at the end. More of an essay than a straightforward documentary, the film captures impressions of this explosive and emotive moment in Germany's history by several directors of the New German Cinema, including Alexander Kluge, Volker Schlondorff, Edgar Reitz, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Germany in Autumn July 31, 2000
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Exception overlooked masterpiece. This film is a blend of documentary, fictional dramatic vignettes and archival historical footage. On the surface, it involves how intellectuals, media, and other elites reacted to the political terrorism brought about by the Red Army Faction (RAF)in Germany during the late 1970s. It touches also on why the RAF elicited sympathy from sections of society. The film espouses no political or economic philosophy. The gifted directors who collaborated on this word shed light on the workings or society and its institutions without, even subtly, guiding the viewer to conclusions. Fassbinder once commented that, unlike Freud or Marx, he has no solutions and wants his films to compel the viewer to undergo a personal revolution. This view is embodied in this vivid, engrossing, beautiful, and incomparable film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten snapshot of a country and an artist in crisis November 18, 2010
Deutchland in Herbst is the long-unavailable anthology film consisting of 11 members of the New German Cinema's reactions to the 1977 state of siege in West Germany in the wake of the Red Army Faction's final wave of terror (the kidnapping and murder of industrialist Schleyer, the hijacking of a jet plane to Somalia, subsequently stormed in a shootout by German commandos,the institution of martial law, the mass suicide of the leaders of the Baader Meinhof crew in the supermax prison at Stannheim) is due on DVD next month; while luminaries such as Alexander Kluge and Volker Schlondorff contributed film essays, and there's an abundance of bone-chilling documentary footage on display,
the entire enterprise is overwhelmed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder's segment: a mind boggling piece of literal self exposure, an ersatz documentary wherein he gets drunk and coked out on camera, strips naked, abuses his mom and boyfriend Armin (who killed himself shortly thereafter, precipitating In a Year with 13 Moons, which is a sort of sequel to this piece), and listens in shock as his mother reminisces fondly about life under Hitler. All this happens in RWF's flat, while the bad news getting worse concerning incipient martial law and terror blares on the TV in the background.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great film, awful quality DVD May 25, 2012
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The other reviewers here capture the essence of this film Suffice to say, a film made with a sense of urgency by the film makers horrified by the direction of their society, with a simple message "When a things become horrific enough, it doesn't matter who started them, all that matters is that they stop"

So... what's the problem? Its a $20+ DVD, which contains a 4:3 image which is pillarboxed all the way through on a 16:9 TV. Unfortunately, the 4:3 image was a letterboxed version of the original film, so what you end up seeing is a small movie image surround by a black frame. Not good enough.

Perhaps its just my setup, but....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique April 20, 2013
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Released in 1978, this series of short films (including those of RW Fassbinder and Volker Schlondorff) reflect on the demise of the first generation of the Baader-Meinhof group who terrorized West Germany in the early 1970s. The group had many supporters in West Germany originally, before they began killing people. The leaders of the group took their lives in prison on 18 October 1977. This film is not for everyone, probably only those interested in the group and post-war Germany history. But, those who are interested in the period will find this film indispensable. Also highly recommended for those interested in the New German cinema.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Documentary on Terrorism November 26, 2011
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Alexander Kluge along with several other filmmakers including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, present a stark look at the effects of terrorism. It is a series of non-fiction and fiction stories that were inspired by the kidnapping and murder of a prominent industrialist by a German terrorist group 30 years ago. The film opens with the funeral of the industrialist and ends with the funeral of the terrorists. In between we see all different areas that are affected by the terrorist act. We see a filmmaker trying to get the meaning of it all (Fassbinder) and a schoolteacher trying to understand her German history by investigating. The film holds strong even today and is well worth a viewing. A powerful film that should be required viewing.
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