Three Shots at Rudi

On Easter 1968 an assassination attempt on Rudi Dutschke was carried out. Shortly afterwards street battles resulted throughout West Germany. Farocki's short film Drei Schüsse auf Rudi is presumably lost.

"At the time, I was working in a team with Helke Sander who had acquired some money from Finnish television. Easter 1968 overturned all our shooting schedules. I suggested a short sequence of scenes which we then filmed on a patch of concrete near the Funkturm (West Berlin's radio tower). At the start, I am sketching an outline plan of the Springer Group with all its various involvements; this layout is developed further with balloon captions like, "Students protesting against mass murder in Vietnam"; then comes an arrow pointing to the next circle, in which I then write, "BILD speaks of rowdies and ring-leaders". And so it progresses like a flowchart until at the end there are only two circles left over – in which I don't write anything, but slip of my shoes and exit the frame.

The scene took place on the Kurfürstendamm. After Dutschke had been shot, his bicycle was left behind as were his shoes, in chalk circles made by the police. That is the influence of the happening, a ritual comprehension.

(Harun Farocki)

Original title Drei Schüsse auf Rudi Director, scriptwriter, editor Harun Farocki Cinematographer Skip Norman Sound Ulrich Knaudt Production DFFB, Berlin-West Format 16mm, s/w, 1:1,37, silent Length 4 min. Note The film is presumably lost