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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…
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.
The Red Army Faction, brought to you by the producer of RESIDENT EVIL and FANTASTIC FOUR! Bernd Eichinger's starting a franchise--THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX is a spin-off of DOWNFALL (the two films share--besides Eichinger as screenwriter and producer--actor Bruno Ganz, cinematographer Rainer Klausmann and, even more importantly, production designer Bernd Lepel). BAADER-MEINHOF is THE INTERNATIONAL inverted. The Tykwer film found in the crisp images of a modern thriller the tangled world of politics; BAADER-MEINHOF finds in Germany's tangled politics a crisp modern thriller. A whole lot of good opportunities tucked away in the history books: a band of policemen chasing a gunman along a silvery river; Deutschmarks crinkling like wrapping paper at Christmastime on an apartment floor; Ulrike Meinhof seated…
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.
This film is a shame
Too long, but the attention to period detail is impressive and the combination of dramatic and archival footage is blend rather effectively. I prefer Munich though.
Great tense drama-thriller film following the lives of the leaders of a notorious left wing militant group in Germany in the 1970s.
The politics are dense, but there's some amazing set-pieces and the violence is hella real; it's a really wonderful looking film.
At the time this came out, I remember it as one of the nominees for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film which Departures took home that time. I liked Departures but it was never exactly my idea of a film that I'd choose to win the Oscar that time, as I'd have chosen Waltz with Bashir instead. But this one here caught my interest since it does study the first of several waves of left-wing terrorist groups from Germany, the Red Army Faction. It's amazing how the film looks into what they've done as a whole, as it never goes in your face with its political views. At the same time, it's also an entertaining watch because it also has the energy one would find inside of a thriller. It wasn't a very easy watch but for some rather strange reason, I actually did find myself enjoying it.
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
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What are the best non-English thriller/action movies that you can recommend? You know, the kind you look forward to watching…