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Baader Meinhof Complex [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Moritz Bleibtreu
  • Format: Import, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LFPA5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,024 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

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 still fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), and Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek) are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment. 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.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By simonpeggfan VINE VOICE on 3 April 2009
Format: DVD
This is a fantastic retelling of Stefan Aust's book about the 1970's West German left wing group the Red Army Faction. The book itself is a fresh retelling of a time that many are aware of, but few are fully informed about - previous books tended towards bias to one side or the other, this at least gives a sense of balance.

This translates well in the film and although inevitably the rebellious RAF are more glamorous than the police they aren't portrayed as heroes, and much of your interpretation will be down to an individual point of view. Overall the film has an air of documentary and as it's based on actual events it can feel quite chaotic at times.

The acting is extremely good quality, in particular Martina Gedeck and Johanna Wokalek are sensational, the direction is effective in cutting between new and archive footage, and the budget on large scenes has been well spent, giving a feel of a big-budget action movie.

The screenplay brilliantly portrayed the way the mindset of the RAF developed as they became more and more convinced they were living in a police state. In spite of the violence and repression being depicted, I was reassured by the fact that such thought provoking films can and are being made for today's cinema audiences.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
If you were around in the UK in the 70s you'll have heard of the Red Army Faction/Baader Meinhof Group from regular news bulletins on the BBC. But the effect on German life was never apparent from these snippets on UK news programmes that had their hands full with domestic terrorism in Northern Ireland.

While I heartily recommend you read Stephan Aust's book of the same name and upon which the film is based, it's not at all necessary (although I feel sure that once you see the film you'll want to know more anyway).

Buy this movie because it's a really well made film. The action cracks along and it never tries to moralise and the characters are played with sympathy and understanding. It in no way glorifies the terrorists' actions, although it does try to explain the positions of the various characters and organisations and what drove them to act as they did.

But perhaps the most arresting thing that comes from the movie is the fact that during a long period of their reign of terror, throughout the Federal Republic of Germany, the Badder Meinhof Group enjoyed significant popular support. There are many of reasons for this that I wouldn't try to explain here but watch the movie and see what you think.

Great film with a couple of excellent extras (especially the one on the making of the movie and the film-makers efforts to reproduce historically accurate scenes). It's the most interesting film I've seen in years.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris on 24 Jan 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I live around the corner from the scene of the shooting of Benno Ohnesorg at the Deutsch Opera in Berlin in 1967. This film brings a history to me that I can't imagine. Like most British people, my main image of German history is of the pre-1945 era. Since then they have gone through the Cold War, which is what their own image of German history is clouded by, and also the student terrorism movement. It turned out that Ohnesorg's murder should be a film story in itself, now that the police officer who shot him turned out to be a Stasi agent working for East Germany. Getting back onto this review: This is a good film! But as with many reviews, the subtitles detract from it. I had to sit next to the TV to watch it... I was going ask a mate around to watch it. I'm glad I didn't, just because of the subtitles. Crazy that they ruined a great film by not thinking about subtitles size.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Granter on 29 Dec 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An essay on the intersection of personality and politics, The Baader Meinhof Complex has a tone of violence and futility that sticks in the memory.

Never has being a far left extremist looked so stylish, never, sadly, have subtitles been so flippin small! Who is the target audience for this DVD - hawks?.

The film itself is a complex exploration of a fraught period in postwar German history. The focus is a group of young idealists and their terrorist actions against the state and the German ruling class more widely.

Acted with great conviction and shot with flair, The Baader Meinhoff Complex will appeal to those with an interest in political movements and social history, as well as those who prefer some action in their period drama. The film is talky in patches, but then radical politics tends to involve a lot of talking.

Given the focus and the stylish action sequences, the film does have a firm grip on the deep ambivalence of the Red Army Faction's motives and actions, and ultimately a sense of waste and tragedy pervades.

Highly original, The Baader Meinhoff Complex carves its own place in the world of film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2010
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The Baader-Meinhoff Complex covers the deadly decade 1967-77 in West Germany- the formation of the Baader-Meinhoff Group, out of the student protest movement against the Vietnam war and Germany's participation in US imperialism and the authoritarianism of the German police state.The film focusses on the chief individuals,seen at first around Rudi Dutschke anti-Vietnam speeches to the Student Congress,advocating sabotage and blockades against the German bases for the war in Vietnam.Ulrike Meinhoff's journalist is the central figure.She protests the Shah's visit while her editor husband is screwing around.She protests the brutal suppression of peaceful student protest,the demagogy of the Americans in Vietnam and the Israelis vs. the Palestinians,comparing them to Hitler's attacks on Poland,France, and Russia.

Ennslin is shown arguing with her Pastor father vs. America's desire to control Middle Eastern oil.The hypocrisy of prayer when half the world is starving.Meinhoff takes her daughters and leaves her husband.Following the death of student Ohnesburg by police shooting and the attempted assassination of Dutschke we see Baader making bombs in a student commune.Baader-Ensslin plant a bomb in Schneider's store.Students attack the Axel-Springer group's main offices for it's reactionary propaganda to stop Dutschke.We see news footage of US vs. Vietcong,Che in Bolivia,American student protests,assassinations of King and Kennedy,the massacre of 500 students in Mexico City,the election of Nixon,Black Power protests,the Prague Spring,the worker/student protests of Paris '68.Baader and Ensslin are arrested and tried,claiming they did it in protest at the apathy vs. the genocide in Vietnam. Ensslin's father defends her self-realization and freedom from fearafter the hearing.
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