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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…
I am starting to believe that it is next to impossible to make a great film about terrorists (Paradise Now excepted). Just once I would like to see a film in which all the characters in the theatre of terrorism are given the benefit of the doubt and shown to be reasonable players in a social conflict.
Der Baader Meinhof Complex isn't it. Much like Carlos, Baader, the leader of the terrorist group is painted as a volatile aggressive irresponsible man who flies off the handle and goes too far. Perhaps it is the nature of the beast, I don't know, but it would be interesting to let the audience in on why…
Difficult to offer a honest review of this movie as the film covers a lot of ground. Based on the story of the German terrorist group of the 1960's - 1970's and how they targeted their victims. The acting was to a high standard and also the locations were well selected for the movie. I'm unsure if i watched the best version (130 minutes) as there seems to be various running times available, nevertheless its a decent film.
Truly great film. I was amazed to sit through this thinking that I knew nothing of this period in Germany's history, which is odd considering the size and impact of the events. From the beginning with the riot scenes during the visit of the Shah of Persia, I was gripped. The performances are first class across the cast (and Moritz Bleibtreu is very pleasing on the eye) and the recreation of the era is fantastic. But for for me this film is lesson in history, and unlike most history lessons, a fascinating one
The West Germany of the '70s had some leftist terrorists, the Rote Armee Fraktion (usually translated as "Faction" but could be 'fraction' too). The Baader Meinhof group was the first of its several waves. They were mostly angry at fascist Americans using West Germany to launch moves in Vietnam and the Middle East, and they saw ex-Nazis still in power sometimes. So… rob banks and kill people and blow things up, I guess? Ok.
The production's ballsy with its violence and yelling, which is mostly nice. It might appear overstuffed, and in need of more politics/explanation at the root, but a story this wily was probably very difficult to adapt at all. Eh! Olivier Assayas, who made CARLOS (about a…
A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.
Overlong, but cursory overview of the events, very well re-staged and avoiding any political bias.
The events depicted in the movie have very much been an essential part of my youth, especially from the events at the Olympics 1972 on. Therefore, I did have a strange feeling watching this. The events are there, and everything is staged in a very fast pace like ticking off a list. Where the movie does fail is trying to show the motivations of anybody involved, not even the state's actions are really explained, and essentially you get a few theoretical…
Not as deep as I was hoping but the acting and cinematography more than make up for it. A BIG political thriller.
Director Uli Edel made a movie (written and produced by Bernd Eichinger) about the not so distant historical events in West Germany, where the radical group raises against the oppression of the capitalism. Of course, everyone has their own opinion about these events, but the fact is that these people had a support of over 25% of the German youth, which is not a small number! Balanced enough, the movie presents both sides of the West Germany political coin, trying to be objective. Stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, and Johanna Wokalek showed the right amount of emotion (or lack of it) for revolutionaries ready to cleanse the German society of their enemies. I lived at the time in Europe, and…
I liked this movie.
Wow. That's a dry "review." Oh well...
Original Title: Der Baader Meinhoff Complex
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