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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.
I didn't really know anything about the real events and I wonder whether I would have enjoyed it so much if I did. Very compelling story of how a left-wing liberal movement turns violent out of frustration with the injustices. It kept me fascinated from beginning to end, not least because of the brilliant performances.
My review is here:
Good movie. Pretty relevant stuff about home grown terrorism. At times the movie felt like it was getting off on its own violence but it proved effective and necessary by the end of the movie. I really liked how the characters felt organic. Like they dictated what they did instead of a script or story everyone knows. Maybe because I wasn't familiar with the story but I really don't think I've ever seen a "biopic" with characters that felt as free to exist. Alex Cox's Walker is the closest thing I can think of to what I mean. Any other suggestions of true story movies that feel like this one would be appreciated.
my brain is buzzing with ethical debates
A boring political thriller that holds no surprises or intrigue and treads the same old ground that these insipid films always seem to tread time and time again.
Plus in a long series of bad directing choices, starting your film by indulging in child nudity/pornography is an awful, awful and vile choice. No excuse for it. None.
Though I admit it seems like a lot of material to try to fit into one film, I found myself utterly intrigued and entertained throughout.
Pretty good movie. It's crazy what kind of stuff they did to achieve their aims which are actually good.
Not sure what to think, partly because the watching experience was hampered by Albanian subtitles only... Being too young to have experience any of this in real time the film was large enough doze of history to invoke some wikipedia studies. Grim and realistic take on homegrown terrorism, showing it is never too far..... it just needs a spark... Great performances and suspense was nicely kept up by the soundtrack....
HUGE commendation for the production design,costume design and hair and makeup presented throughout this movie.
The MAIN problem with this movie is that none of the characters depicted in this movie is likable.
They are either pricks, bitches or douchebags.
Even Hitler could not handle their doucheness and bitching.
The filmmaker should have learned about characters development and empathy from Munich (2005) and Hunger (2008).
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