Deutschland Im Herbst (HUM425)

We won’t be screening Germany in Autumn in its entirety on Tuesday– just two segments from this “omnibus” film (which was made by 11 directors, many of whom are key figures of the German New Wave). The first of these, directed by Volker Schlöndorff, features an adaptation of Antigone directed by Heinrich Böll– as seen on television by various studio executives and Schlöndorff himself. The second, co-directed by Schlöndorff and Alexander Kluge, depicts the burial of Gudrun Ensslin, Andreas Baader, and Jan-Carl Raspe. It would, of course, be useful to watch the entire thing, but we simply don’t have the time. Unfortunately, the only streaming versions on-line I’ve been able to find come with Russian subtitles, which likely doesn’t help most of the class. Germany in Autumn can, however, be checked out at AT or ordered from netflix (or if there are any video stores left in San Francisco, rented). Here is a useful essay by Melissa Goldsmith, which offers a breakdown of the various segments and who was responsible for them.