|GERMANY IN AUTUMN|
|Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlndorff, Edgar Reitz, Alf Brustellin, Maximiliane Mainka, Katja Rupe/Hans Peter Closs, Bernhard Sinkel, Alexander Kluge|
|124 MIN. COLOR & B/W„1978„35mm/video German w/English subtitles|
|SCREENPLAY: Heinrich Bll, Peter Steinbach & the directors|
GERMANY IN AUTUMN is one of the landmark films of the New German Cinema. The film is a collaborative effort among GermanyÕs leading writers and directors in response to the climate of political terrorism prevalent in Germany during the late 1970Õs. GERMANY IN AUTUMN skillfully weaves together the terrorist present and the Nazi past and transposes political history into family melodrama. The assemblage of documentary material, archival footage, and staged fiction give the film a richness of texture and sense of history. FassbinderÕs half hour segment is a highly charged confrontation between himself, his mother, and his male lover over politics and social responsibility.
"ItÕs sometimes startlingly beautiful... sometimes
funny, and mostly disturbing, as it should be."
"The strongest filmmaking is a 30 minute sequence
directed by and starring Fassbinder. Fassbinder is viciously probing
the contradiction of personal and political, of fiction and non-fiction.
This is the most compelling film he has made since "The Merchant of
Four Seasons" and his sequence is sufficient reason to see the film."