Hour: 18:00

IN GEFAHR UND GRÖSSTER NOT BRINGT DER MITTELWEG DEN TOD (IN DANGER AND DEEP DISTRESS, THE MIDDLEWAY SPELLS CERTAIN DEATH)

Year: 1974

Duration: 90’

Directed by: Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz

Screenplay: Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz

With Dagmar Bödderich, Jutta Winkelmann, Alfred Edel, Norbert Kentrup, Jutta Thomasius, Hans Drawe, Kurt Jürgens, Christoph Gierke, Utz Rausch, Willi Muench

Production: RK-Film (Reitz-Film, Kairos Film)

The movie combines documentary and fiction narrative to picture two weeks of daily life in Frankfurt in 1974. The footage captures everything from Carnival celebrations in February to the demolition of occupied homes by the authorities, from political demonstrations to police raids. The events interweave with the stories of two women: one who sleeps with many men and robs them, and a spy from the Eastern Bloc who is trying to “explore the reality of the situation in Western Germany“.