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The Baader Meinhof Complex

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The Baader Meinhof Complex

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
150 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/26/09
performer:
Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, Bruno Ganz
director:
Uli Edel
distributor:
Vitagraph Films
author:
Uli Edel, Bernd Eichinger
genre:
Biography, Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a C+

Director Uli Edel’s docudrama The Baader Meinhof Complex (a 2008 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) looks at the virus of leftist terrorism that swept West Germany beginning in 1970, but the film charts this phenomenon with a kind of nagging neutrality. For two and a half hours, Edel lays out the bombings, kidnappings, and murders committed by the Baader-Meinhof group, which mutated into the RAF. He catches the violently delusional self-righteousness of their antifascist fervor, but as individuals these cultish guerrillas remain opaque. C+

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