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The Baader Meinhof Complex [Blu-ray] (2010)

Martina Gedeck , Moritz Bleibtreu , Uli Edel  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz
  • Directors: Uli Edel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y11Q0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Baader Meinhof Complex [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation led by Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek) are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold (Bruno Ganz). And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he s only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Amorality October 5, 2009
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West Germany, 1967: After a disastrous engagement between the federal republic of Germany's left wing student population and parties sympathetic to the visiting Shah of Iran degenerates into street violence and results in the firebombing of a department store and an assassination attempt on the life of socialist firebrand, Rudi Dutschke, a group of increasingly disaffected German students and petty criminals begin to coalesce around the magnetic personalities of malcontent street punk, Andreas Baader, and his girlfriend, Gudrun Ensslin. Amongst those caught in their gravity is middle-class, left-wing journalist and media personality, Ulrike Meinhof. Baader and Ensslin have decided that politely protesting the policies of American and Israeli "Imperialism" with acts of civil disobedience is no longer enough and decide to engage in armed struggle against the constitutional powers of West Germany. Over the next ten years, the result of the alliance between Baader, Esselin and Meinhof, The `Red Army Faction' (aka the Baader-Meinhof Group), was to terrorise not only the FDR, but the governments and populations of countries far beyond it's borders.

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.
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The Baader Meinhof Complex is an at once exhilarating and horrific depiction of the rise and fall of a very prominent left-wing extremist group in '70s Germany, formed from an uneasy alliance between journalist Ulrike Meinhof and the incendiary couple Andreas Baader and his girlfriend Gudrun Ensslin. The film explores the initial motivations for their radicalization, the shift from anger and rebellion to increasingly violent acts of terror, and the dissolution of the group's ideology into seeming incoherence as the personal began to overwhelm the political. While watching I wondered if the casting choices had made the characters more appealing than in real life - they were all very striking young men and women - but a bit of research shows it to be quite accurate. They did a remarkable job in capturing the likeness of the actual individuals depicted.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting August 20, 2010
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I lived in Germany during the RAF era. As a military brat we were in fear of this group, as both Frankfurt and Ramstein experienced terrorist attacks by this group.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-fiction!
Two thumbs up!
Published 9 days ago by Paysure
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great dvd.
Published 13 days ago by Lawrence R. Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 21 days ago by freebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific cast and acting
Outstanding. Terrific cast and acting.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving the past
Great movie. I was stationed in Germany during their rein of terror against the Army. Very scary time for my family and myself.
Published 2 months ago by Les A
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the second-best foreign film I've ever seen, ...
This is the second-best foreign film I've ever seen, behind Das Leben der Anderen. It is action packed, fast paced, and the theme and plots are outstanding. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daren Djirikian
5.0 out of 5 stars Baader Meinhof
German language film. I watched for college term paper about terrorism in Europe in the 70's. It's well done and true to life.
Published 4 months ago by Tom Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Truthful, revealing
It's a great film, brave, truthful. Amazing how Americans are always kept in the dark about the impact American imperialism and terrorism throughout the world. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Thomas F. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie
A very poignant and very powerful film. A very factual film. First rate and very believable acting with a blend of archival footage of these actual events. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Radashack
4.0 out of 5 stars I was in West Berlin Army Security Agency When This Happened
I served in the Army and was in West Berlin 1973-1978 and saw the aftermath of the bank robbery on my way to work. Great movie and shows terrorism isn't something new.
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Collins Jr.
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