The Baader Meinhof Complex [Blu-ray]
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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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Excellent movie. Depicts a period when student unrest was not confined to the United States but extended around the world, including Germany. Read morePublished 9 days ago by william sevilla
This movie captures the essence of the 70s - when Germany and much of the world was reeling from the last dying breath of the horrors of communism - when something dies, it dies in... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Shree R
Bolshevik trash. Sociopaths can always find a rationalization for their crimes, and this film is one long attempt. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David D. Yandell
Excellent film - I was in the Army and stationed in Germany during the latter stages of their campaign, so I have more than a passing interest in this film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Ballantine
Excellent film. I highly recommend this movie for educators, students and the curious alike. Political terror is not knew and it is easy to forget how it was in europe in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Mitchell
The subject matter has a lot of potential, but this movie does not even remotely live up to it. There is no background whatsoever on the history and theory behind the RAF. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maria C.
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