The Baader Meinhof Complex
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Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.
This is the first foreign film I have ever seen and I don't know if anything will compare. This is just a wicked movie about standing up for what you believe in. My favorite aspect is that the protagonists aren't good people, but you still sympathize with them. The only negative thing is that the movie seemed like it should have been over in one hour not two and a half. Also, the subtitles were easy to follow and hardly distracts from the film. Great movie.
Very intriguing film.
This film is very well-crafted, and tells the story well of the early days of the Red Army Faction in Germany. The complex personalities of the group are well-conveyed, but what sticks with me most is what I most disliked about the movie: these terrorists were (with the seeming exception of Meinhof) angry, hate-filled people -- the swearing in the film is off the charts -- and I found this aspect of the movie particularly depressing. Baader and his girlfriend are extremely unlikeable human beings. In a larger sense, this points to the ultimate, fatal flaw in these people, who sought to change society by terrorizing Germany: they came to stand for that which they claimed to abhor, namely oppression and callousness. In the end, their godless souls drove many of these murderers to suicide.
- The Baader Meinhof Complex (Original Soundtrack)
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