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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…
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…
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…
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…
Good stuff....bit to crammed though, it feels like they've shoe horned too much in for one film...
Before this film I had never heard of the Baader-Meinhof gang (or of the Red Army Faction), but this often shocking and expansive German-language drama covers ten years of the RAF's troublesome and morally ambiguous attacks on German society. What follows is a highly complex, often confusing and very often a shocking and harrowing look at the horrific actions of the RAF and moreover, a look into Ulrike Meinhof's (the fantastic Martina Gedeck) tragic fall from left-wing journalist to a terrorist.
The film accurately captures the groups plight from left-wing wannabe revolutionaries to full-on terrorist monsters with a series of ever-sickening attacks. Gudrun Ensslin's (Johanna Wokalek) pushing of Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu) to commit more and more serious crimes in…
It makes you wonder what would you die for. Where would you go to stand up for whatever makes your heart burn.
I felt some scenes could be shot from a less biased perspective but overall it is a good movie.
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex) German film directed by Uli Edel.Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, and Johanna Wokalek. Based on German non-fiction book of the same name by Stefan Aust. Film received Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film as well as for Golden Globe.
It's about rise and fall of the Baader-Meinhof gang, a violent far-left terror group across West Germany in the late 60s and early 70s. Life-span of ruthless criminal, Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), and an intellectual journalist Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck). The gang sent shock-waves across much of the country with deadly-bombings and bank-robberies. Finally capturing the leading characters of RAF (Red Army Faction).
Beautifully visualizing 70s/late 60s climate boosted by strong…
From the early seventies until the late nineties, a terrorist organization named RAF (Red Army Fraction), an urban guerrilla group that sought to tear down the "Capitalist imperialist" that were in power, and then replace it with a Marxist regime. Their targets were US military bases and government buildings, and they also resorted to kidnappings as well.
The Baarder Meinhof Complex is first of all a good historical film, that gives us a good overview and a summary of RAFs actions, and some pretty good action scenes as well. But other than that, this film could have done a much better job of getting under the skin of the RAF-members and present them in a more empathetic light. I'm not…
"The Baader Meinhof Complex" retells many of the events involving the Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) as they vie for policy change at a governmental level through attention-grabbing acts of anarchistic and sometimes violent acts. The 150-minute running time would be sufficient for most stories although in this case there seems to be such a dearth of information from the 11-year time span that certain ideas, characters and backstory falls by the wayside without as much explanation as one might hope for. It's a great ensemble-cast of mostly German actors and Uli Edel turns in arguably his best work as director. If you're a fan of subversive politics with a tone that's in line with last year's excellent "The East", this one's worth checking out.
Well-staged thriller chronicling the establishment, rise and peak of the German terrorist organization Red Army Faction/Fraction that sowed havoc and seized the national imagination throughout the 1970s.
As with the screenwriter's previous feature, Downfall, the film takes a largely naturalistic approach to the proceedings and thereby avoids simplifying the material with either dramatic mythologization or heavy-handed condemnation and didacticism, as well as providing a strong sense of urgency and excellent period ambiance.
The film grants the viewer an understanding of both the social and political conditions that gave rise to the group and the manner in which their irreverent charisma could successfully garner the scale of support they enjoyed, while also never losing sight of their hypocrisies or the fact…
Meinhof's life provides a decent frame, but for a movie about terrorists it spends a far too ordinate amount of time talking. Action, not words, please; or in film, show not tell.
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