Germany in Autumn (1978)

Director
Alf Brustellin; Hans Peter Cloos; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Alexander Kluge; Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus; Maximiliane Mainka; Edgar Reitz; Katja Rupé; Volker Schlöndorff; Peter Schubert; Bernhard Sinkel

Main cast
Hannelore Hoger; Angela Winkler; Vadim Glowna; Katja Rupé; Heinz Bennent

Genres
Documentary, Drama

Description
Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie covers the two month time period during 1977 when a businessman was kidnapped, and later murdered, by the left-wing terrorists known as the RAF-Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction). The businessman had been kidnapped in an effort to secure the release of the orginal leaders of the RAF, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang. When the kidnapping effort and a plane hijacking effort failed, the three most prominent leaders of the RAF, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Enslin, and Jean-Carl Raspe, all committed suicide in prison. It has become an article of faith within the left-wing community that these three were actually murdered by the state.


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