Fassbinder was one of 11 German New Wave filmmakers who contributed to this omnibus essay film, organized by narrator Alexander Kluge (who would expand his segment, “The Patriot,” into a feature). The fiction and nonfiction shorts were made in response to the German Autumn, a series of events in late 1977 including the kidnapping and murder of magnate Hanns Martin Schleyer by the Red Army Faction and the hijacking of a Lufthansa airplane. What the project lacks in perspective (the lag time was minimal) it makes up for in urgency, and while it may not offer cohesion or consistency, it boasts a spectrum of styles, with Fassbinder baring his soul as an enraged man arguing with his disengaged male lover and politically naïve mother about terrorism.