Germany in Autumn

Germany in Autumn (1978)

  • Genre: Documentary, Drama
  • Release Date: 1978-03-03
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 26 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 3min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: ABS Filmproduktion
  • Production Country: Germany
  • Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus, Bernhard Sinkel, Katja Rupé, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Edgar Reitz, Peter Schubert.
star 6.3/10
From 26 Ratings


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 Fraction). 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 Ensslin, and Jan-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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  • Hannelore Hoger

    as Gabi Teichert
  • Angela Winkler

    as Antigone
  • Vadim Glowna

    as Freiermuth
  • Katja Rupé

    as Franziska Busch
  • Heinz Bennent

    as Mitglied des Kommitees
  • Wolf Biermann

    as Self
  • Joachim Bißmeier

    as TV-Redakteur
  • Helmut Griem

    as TV-Redakteur
  • Dieter Laser

    as Abgeordneter (TV Aufsichtsgremium)
  • Manfred Zapatka

  • Horst Mahler

    as Self
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    as Self (uncredited)
  • Mario Adorf

    as TV committee member (uncredited)
  • Margarethe von Trotta

    as Self (uncredited)
Sound Ennio Morricone Music
Writing Rainer Werner Fassbinder Screenplay
Directing Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director
Camera Jürgen Jürges Director of Photography
Camera Michael Ballhaus Director of Photography
Editing Juliane Lorenz Editor
Writing Volker Schlöndorff Screenplay
Directing Volker Schlöndorff Director
Camera Dietrich Lohmann Director of Photography
Production Eberhard Junkersdorf Producer
Writing Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus Screenplay
Directing Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus Director
Editing Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus Editor
Writing Bernhard Sinkel Screenplay
Directing Bernhard Sinkel Director
Editing Tanja Schmidbauer Editor
Writing Katja Rupé Screenplay
Directing Katja Rupé Director
Writing Heinrich Böll Screenplay
Production Theo Hinz Producer
Camera Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein Director of Photography
Writing Alexander Kluge Screenplay
Directing Alexander Kluge Director
Writing Peter Steinbach Screenplay
Writing Maximiliane Mainka Screenplay
Directing Maximiliane Mainka Director
Writing Alf Brustellin Screenplay
Directing Alf Brustellin Director
Writing Hans Peter Cloos Screenplay
Directing Hans Peter Cloos Director
Writing Edgar Reitz Screenplay
Directing Edgar Reitz Director
Writing Peter Schubert Screenplay
Directing Peter Schubert Director
Camera Bodo Kessler Director of Photography
Camera Werner Lüring Director of Photography
Camera Colin Mounier Director of Photography
Editing Heidi Genée Editor
Editing Mulle Goetz-Dickopp Editor
Editing Christine Warnck Editor
Camera Günther Hörmann Director of Photography