Pioneers in IngolstadtIn a style reminiscent of Brecht's "epic theater", Fassbinder compellingly shows the rift between the capitalist and the worker.
Based on a socio-critical play by Marieluise Fleisser, "Pioneers in Ingolstadt" takes place in the early 70s.
The pioneers are servicemen sent to a small, stifling town to build a wooden bridge. Fassbinder brings out the full extent of their boredom and search for sex, along with the class differences between themselves and their officers.
The social differences are also mirrored in the lives of the town's civilians, especially of Alma and Berta, two young women who each respond to the pioneers in their own way and are each profoundly disillusioned.