A collage of materials around the first generation of Rote Armee Fraktion. Old news footage&interviews, but also lots of film experiments from the terrorists' days at the film school. The film gives a vivid picture of the 60s&70s' atmosphere. It's centred around Meins, Meinhof and (perhaps too much) Horst Mahler, whereas Ensslin and Baader remain almost in the background, perhaps due to lack of materials.
"Indie" cinema # 9: a German romanticism. It's curious, but undeniable, that to look from this distance towards the events recorded by the film, in this period of economic imperatives becoming imperialist, it sets off a connection with the characters that some German literature consolidated, as Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas.The film has the virtue of not denying it, with rare and essential documents well processed.