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4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary history that you should know about, 28 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Baader-Meinhof Complex [DVD] (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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