A German Youth (Une Jeunesse Allemande)

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In the 1960s, the young democracy of West Germany was embarrassed by its Nazi past, and ingrown in its role as imperialist and capitalist outpost faced by its communist double. The postwar generation, in direct conflict with their fathers, was trying to find its place. The student movement exploded in 1966. The pas de deux between students and the government deteriorated, and radicalized those involved in a gradual escalation of violence and reprisals. From this seething youth emerged the journalist Ulrike Meinhof, filmmaker Holger Meins, students Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, as well as the lawyer Horst Mahler. When the student movement collapsed at the end of '68, they remained isolated in their radicalism, and desperately sought ways to continue the revolutionary struggle.

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Critic Reviews for A German Youth (Une Jeunesse Allemande)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

  • This densely layered documentary reveals how members of a disillusioned post-war generation gradually transformed into left-wing militants whose actions would have deadly consequences for all involved.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • How refreshing to have a director refuse black-and-white conclusions, knowing that formulating questions is the best way to probe the past and its ramifications.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Variety
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  • A uniquely compelling look at an oft-simplified time in German history and forces audiences to grapple not only with the shift from protest group to violent organisation but also the means through which we engage with that kind of narrative.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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