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The Baader Meinhof Complex
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the political turmoil in the period from 1967 to the bloody "Deutschen Herbst" in 1977. The movie approaches the events based on Stefan Aust's standard work on Die Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). The story centers on the leadership of the self named anti-fascist resistance to state violence: Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin.
Whilst the film has many positive elements from performances to cinematography the subject matter just feels far too big for one film. The Baader Meinhof Complex covers too much complicated history and focuses on too many individuals to really work as a single movie. The whole thing lacks cohesion and character development and shifts focus too many times meaning it ends up as a potted history of the group rather than a compelling study of the people at the heart of the Red Army Faction.
This could have been a stunning mini-series but trying to cover all its bases in only two and half hours was a huge mistake. Even Olivier Assayas’ Carlos suffered from this problem but that was…
This is a bit of an odd beast.
It is a historical thriller that wants to give an objective representation of the historical occurrences around the Baader Meinhoff complex, yet also cast it in the mold of a stylized and tense thriller. And while it only partially succeeds in the first aspect, it more than succeeds in the latter.
If you're looking for an exploration of the motivations of this group of terrorists, look elsewhere. This film doesn't concern itself with that, they almost seem afraid to touch upon the deeper reasonings. They furthermore tend to glorify the lifestyle of the two protagonists a bit too much, slightly favouring them in their objective account. What we do get is a…
If I was supposed to sympathize with any of the characters in this film, then I am definitely not the target audience for 'The Baader Meinhof Complex' since the only guy I cared for was Bruno Ganz's Horst Herold. He seemed to be the only individual in the whole film that used his brain.
If I was supposed to be interested in the complex reasons behind the creation, operation and implications of the RAF, then the movie failed me. Everything happened so fast, without even a split second to let either me or the characters to breathe and reflect on what was happening. The focus of the…
When I found out this was going to be in the Letterboxd Festival, I was so excited! I saw it years ago for my European Cinema class in college and fell in love with it from the opening scene. This time, I was a little less enthralled, but I still enjoyed it. It's a heavy film that tends to overwhelm the audience with detail, but the details are so interesting I didn't care most of the time. I feel like the first half is much more compelling than the second half, when the narrative shifts pretty abruptly from the birth of a movement to its decline. I'm not sure both sides of the story needed equal attention, but I can't…
'The Baader Meinhof Complex' is about as close as German cinema has got to fully emulating Hollywood, and the film carries both the positives and negatives that such a stature can bring. With a bumper all-star German cast, representing almost every major film to come out of the nation in the past decade - from 'Lola Rennt' (Moritz Bleibtreu) to 'Das Leben der Anderen' (Martina Gedeck) - 'Baader Meinhof' appears a lot more promising on paper than its realisation demonstrates.
Despite my education and interest in German and Germany, I was totally ignorant of this film's story, and so I can obviously not comment on how biased or truthful this film is in its…
While The Baader Meinhof Complex is a very competent film, at times exceptionally so, I was left with very little to reflect on once the movie was over. As someone who is only vaguely familiar with the events that the movie portrays, I wish it could have drawn me in more. There is so much information on display that I get the sense that if I did some supplemental research, I would get a lot more out of the film and the gripping sensation that I was expecting.
A perfectly fine movie that will probably improve upon a rewatch somewhere down the road.
It’s no secret that many people view the Best Foreign Language category of the Academy Awards as a mess. Between the country by country submission process, the process of selecting a shortlist, and the process of choosing five final films, there are a ton of roadblocks in which snubs can occur. This was made particularly clear in 2007, when important films like 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days were ignored in favor of off the radar oddities like Beaufort, Katyń, and 12. Many also complained about the 2008 lineup, but if you think about it they really stepped up that year. Among the nominees were the Palm D’or winner The Class, critical favorite and future Criterion-laureate Revanche, the wildly…
Even at 150 minutes, the subject of the Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) simply covers too many events and people and spreads out over too long a period of time to be told in the timespan of one single movie. I agree with reviewers elsewhere that it would've been better if this had been a 4-hour miniseries. That said, the topic of the political turmoil in Europe in the 1970s (in this case, West-Germany), and the terrorism that it spawned is extremely interesting and this movie serves as a good introduction to the RAF, the motivations of the people that started it, and the actions that defined its existence. The first half in particular paints a pretty good picture of the…
really enjoyed this one. not much for me to say, really.
Center question is: heroes or villains? But the film asks to look around and forget those questions. It presents the very question but forgets it soon as the circumstances start taking too many constant changes and turns. The film forgets those questions and starts portraying group of people as group of people - heroes and murderers, idealists and activists, liars who have strong yearning for truth. But most of all it presents general view on terrorism and a certain phase of a certain country. Edel does rightly not to choose too tightly sides since with that the film would quickly take form that reminds more or less propaganda. Edel doesn't either cheaply fall for psychological formulas that would try to explain situation. Those approaches are usually too one-sided to make a film work with full potential.
it's a good picture although the producers put in some authentic news coverages about the different things these 'terrorists' did.
These extreme left-wing guys had ideals but wanted to kill for it and i don't say that's ok, but i can understand it.
In those days capitalism got grip on the world and we see nowadays what has happened.
Good story, because it happened, good acting.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
1. Apparently, women wear full makeup in prison. That´s nice...
2. My God, how incompetent are these guys... Such amateurs.
3. The movie is too long, and too boring.
Some well shot action scenes, especially a crazy riot scene early on, but there's much to cover and it all feels a little rushed. Still, it's got some good performances, and it's set in an ea of German history that rarely makes it on screen.
It looks good but it left me exhausted. The history portrayed was unfamiliar and the script falls short. There is not much of a through line because it needs to cram in so much incident. Characterization really suffers. Explosions, mostly literally and some figurative, bring the movie into momentary focus but not for long. I felt sort of awash in interesting themes and history but with no clear guidance. If these feelings were the intent then good job. Just not sure that is the best angle for such devisive & complex subject matter. I don't need for every movie to be "fun" but something to make it feel less like homework would be appreciated.
(6/10 is "Good")
The Baader Meinhof Complex quite effectively manages to demonstrate how the cult of rebellion is ultimately destructive to the original cause, and does so fairly efficiently given the complex nature of the issue.
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