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In the 1970s, radicalized youth in the United States, Italy, Japan, and elsewhere turned to violence, including bombings, bank robberies, kidnappings, and murder. No country seems more fascinated by this legacy than Germany, whose ruling elite at the time still included former Nazis. From Fassbinder’s hysterical 1979 The Third Generation to more conventional work such as Christoph Roth’s 2001 Baader, Germany has produced at least a dozen films and uncountable TV programs about the Red Army Faction and the Baader Meinhof Group. This series marks the 30th anniversary of the peak of activity, known simply as “the German Autumn.” It opens with a two-part presentation of Death Game (at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, & Wednesday, Sept. 12), a 1997 TV docudrama by Heinrich Breloer. The director, who later used similar techniques to make the fascinating The Mann Family, combines archival footage and fictionalized sequences to recreate the events around the Red Army Faction’s kidnapping of businessman Hanns-Martin Schleyer. Andreas Dresen’s 1997 Changing Skins is set on the other side of the Wall, where Anna is barred from graduation for possessing prohibited rock records. She and a friend, who’s also been denied a diploma, decide to kidnap the principal until he changes his mind. More historical is Markus Imhoof’s 1986 The Journey, based on Bernward Vesper’s autobiography. He was the boyfriend of Gudrun Ensslin, who left to join Andreas Baader in what could rightfully have been called the Baader Ensslin Group. The series runs to Monday, Sept. 24, at the Goethe-Institut Washington’s GoetheForum, 812 7th St. NW. $6. (202) 289-1200; see Showtimes for this week’s films; see goethe.de/ins/us/was/kue/flm/enindex.htm for a complete schedule.