The Baader Meinhof Complex (2006)

The film tells the story of the Baader Meinhof group in the early 1970s, whose campaign of bank robberies, assassinations and kidnappings was carried out in response to the violence of the West German state and its US allies. While it juxtaposes individual terrorism with state terror, it neither demonizes nor glamorizes Baader Meinhof’s group. The film itself is more serious than what can be guessed from the trailer. The images are raw, vivid, and the construction is concise and to the point. Its two and a half hours go by quite fast. However, the film focuses too much on portraying the main characters of the group, and fails at connecting their political agenda with the historical contexts. For example, the emblematic image of a bare-chested hippie, shouting out “Dresden! Hiroshima! Vietnaaaam!”, is passed over without its deserving emphasis. More information about the background of the film is found here.

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