The Baader Meinhof Complex (Widescreen Edition)
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Attempting to relate the tale of the rise to prominence of the RAF, much less adapt Stefan Aust's incredibly convoluted door-stopper of a book, was, I suspected, going to be nigh-on impossible - but Uli Edel's film achieves this virtually impossible task with aplomb. As well as being one of the most impressive thrillers that I've seen in years, its also one of the most fascinating portraits of the corruption and degeneration of political idealism ever to make its way to screen.Read more ›
It is a complex film, that highlights the allure of the struggle, at the same time as it reveals the individuals behind it to be deeply human and imperfect, at times conflicted and at others resolute, even dogmatic, to the point of becoming what they had initially struggled against - these are not the mythological figures that came to be idolized by some and hated by others. A fascinating paradox explored by the film is that in war one side inevitably takes on qualities of its enemy: to fight an underground extremist group, the state must employ its tactics, must become flexible and bend the rule of law and its protection of individual rights such as privacy; to stand up against the force of a powerful regime, the anarchic underground must increasingly become autocratic, must not tolerate dissent.
The film is beautifully shot, and edited for an ideal balance of intensity and clarity.Read more ›
The news clips that were used in this movie are genuine. I remember that old man on the German news. The terror lasted all through the 1970s.
It was therefore haunting to see this movie again. All the actors were so believable as their actual characters they were playing. Watch the 30-minute "Making of the B-M Complex" and you will learn that the director, Uli Edel, used all genuine parts, even using the actual court hall of the prison in which the real terrorists were interviewed (and denied) parole. The prison cells were designed according to old photographs of the real prison cells, down to genuine sinks. The actors spent endless hours studying the mannerisms and speech patterns of their roles. Actor Martina Gedeck almost looks like the younger sister of Gudrun Ensslin, the "brains" behind this group of misfits.
I didn't read the book; my opinions are based on memory. The scenes in this movie are non-stop action and at times overly graphic in their violence, but this is how B-M acted. Even how the group slowly fell apart due to newer generations of this group not being in sinc with the original founders, is quite obvious. The Baader-Meinhof gang was a group of highly intellectual but badly misguided and violent group of extreme-left-leaning students whose guilt of their parents perhaps got the ball rolling.
Say what you may, "This is part of our History" said Edel, and this movie shows this history well. This movie deserved the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
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Very interesting, well-made movie. The cast exudes the sense of spoiled brat nihilism that motivated Baader Meinhof, as well as the German government's confusion about the matter.Published 21 days ago by Max Roga
The movie itself is good and we'll acted. It shows a very difficult time in the history of Germany and sticks to as much source material as possible to keep it historically... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Reconsct
The acting was excellent but the characters portrayed by the actors engendered no sympathy at all. Well worth watching to understand the total lack of moral or human scruples.Published 2 months ago by Franco
How do nice middle-class college educated people end up becoming terrorists? This film shows how the Baader Meinhof gang rose out of the tumultuous 1960's and got involved in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark D. Burgh
Violent, but fascinating. The tempo doesn't follow American movies. But if you love 'film' you'll enjoy this.Published 3 months ago by Chris Bayz
Dramatic but fun to watch. Skimped on the details as to how they died in the endPublished 3 months ago by belle0313
Perhaps I didn't read the extra print in the overhead title, but the DVD couldn't play in my machine. So I never saw the movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jerome Nicholson
Very good movie. Although, I would say it's about 20 minutes too long.Published 6 months ago by WoodWorker233