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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.
Pathetic, empty ideology gone mad. Brilliant performances and production values.
Guter und packender Film
Produção alemã indicada ao Oscar de Melhor Filme Estrangeiro, conta a história de um grupo de extrema-esquerda (ainda que haja contradições pessoais em personagens) que possui tanto ideais consistentes porém pratica suas atividades contra o que acha inadmissível de maneiras questionáveis, o que leva a alterar a opinião pública a favor e contra o grupo.
Edel, que também dirigiu Christiane F. (1982) e Noites Violentas no Brooklyn ***(1990), opta por um filme ágil, com cenas de ação bem coreografadas (tanto na imagem como na montagem), o que implica em uma impossibilidade de absorção de vários planos (nos ultrapassa). Há um bom trabalho de composição, exceto em inúmeros PPV em que os personagens em primeiro plano servem como uma poluição no…
An incredible political action thriller that shows the ways in which ideology gets distorted and radicalized into senseless acts of violence and destruction. A truly important historical document retelling the story of the rise of the RAF in West Germany, and with great relevance to the times we are living in now.
της κατηγορίας "ταινίες που πρέπει να προβάλλονται στα λύκεια" -για διάφορους λόγους.
Fascinating insight into terrorism in the 1960's and 1970's and the mixed emotions of young people caught up in the movement. Lots of lessons for understanding what motivates young terrorists today. Although I'm old enough to remember the events, I can't vouch for the accuracy of the story but it's a powerful script and an amazing story.
Inegável que o caso Baader-Meinhof constitui um capítulo interessante da história política recente da Europa. Igualmente notável é a qualidade técnica do filme e a competência dos atores. Mas se por um lado existe a preocupação em transmitir o grande contingente de personagens e as várias reviravoltas, por outro a longa duração, mesmo que justificável, em alguns momentos ocasiona inevitável cansaço e dispersão no espectador.
Pretty exciting film even when being 2½ hours long. Something is happening all the time and the performances are good and the much action there is in the film is what makes it so interesting throughout, but i could have wished for an even better understanding of why this terror group started up, why they did what they did and what reason other members had to sympathize with them and follow their actions.
Much better than the boring mess that was the 2002 film "Baader". This is a long film at about 2½ hours, but never really lags. Instead it is fairly exciting, has good performances and builds tension nicely. I don't know how factual this is tho.
The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts…
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