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Germany in Autumn

1978 2h 14m Drama List
88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 68% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Nine fictitious documentaries and films reflect the mood of Germany in the late 1970s. Read More Read Less

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Time Out At its best, the film argues that it's impossible to have a 'coherent' left wing position on terrorism. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times It's sometimes startlingly beautiful, often obscure and confusing, sometimes funny and mostly disturbing, as it should be. Rated: 4/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader It is, of course, wildly uneven (and sometimes insufferable), but there is an urgency and engagement in each of the episodes. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Ted Whitehead The Spectator Germany in Autumn, though its contributions are uneven, is a fascinating political symposium, in which the cost of preserving order is anxiously measured against the cost of the order that is being preserved. Aug 3, 2015 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Though events happened over thirty years ago, the film is still relevant, exciting, urgent and mind-blowing. Rated: A- Feb 26, 2013 Full Review TV Guide A compelling and historically significant addition to German cinema, but those unfamiliar with that country's political situation may find it difficult to relate to. Rated: 2/4 Nov 13, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Als Vorspeise - sozusagen - zum "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex" naechste Woche. Ich war von der Fassbinder-Episode ein bisschen enttauescht: ich denke, dass er es unbedingt spontan aussehen lassen wollte, so dass er am Ende nur etwas kuenstliches machen konnte. Kluges Episode hat mir sehr gefallen (die Mercedes-Fahnen, die an die Hakenkreuze erinnern, habe ich genial gefunden) und auch die Szenen mit der Terroristen-Beerdigung sind sehr interessant. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member A string of persuasive and intruiging montages make up Germany in August, a film that can be a little pushy but is always on track. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member This is just about the very best kind of documentary film-making. (Werner Herzog is a moron in comparison.) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A bit all over the place (as expected), but still relatively well-crafted. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Powerful film which contains several outstanding moments and while its doesnt have a cental narrative its main theme is the terrorist outrages of the German Baader Meinhof gang and German reaction to the kidnapping and murder of a prominent German Businessman and the suicide of the 3 main leaders of the gang. Fassbinder is of course on hand here as he questions motives and drink and drugs his way through his sequences. The film contains moments of outstanding beauty including a silent movie re enactment and a encounter with a mealancoly border guard. Not all of it works of course and the casual viewer could become bored bit what i found facinating is that the film makers also sort to confront Germanys viloent past and how this impacted on the events of 1976/77. The film is book ended by 2 funerals which have toatlly diffrent outcomes and reactions. As a document of Germany at that time this really is hard to beat and although its can be a confusing watch the film really delivers the goods on many many levels Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Nine fictitious documentaries and films reflect the mood of Germany in the late 1970s.
Alf Brustellin, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Production Co
ABS Filmproduktion, Tango Film
Original Language
2h 14m