Baader Meinhof Complex

Baader Meinhof Complex

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Director: Uli Edel

Cast: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek

     
 

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Director Uli Edel teams with screenwriter Bernd Eichinger to explore a dark period in German history with this drama detailing the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organization that became increasingly active following World War II. Also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group, the RedSee more details below

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Director Uli Edel teams with screenwriter Bernd Eichinger to explore a dark period in German history with this drama detailing the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organization that became increasingly active following World War II. Also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group, the Red Army Faction was formed by the radicalized children of the Nazi generation with the intended goal of battling Western imperialism and the West German establishment. Adapted from author Stefan Aust's definitive account of the group that resorted to killing innocent civilians in the name of democracy and justice, The Baader Meinhof Complex stars Moritz Bleibtreu as Andreas Baader and Martina Gedeck as Ulrike Meinhof. Bruno Ganz co-stars as Horst Herold, the head of the German police force faced with the task of bringing the Red Army Faction to justice.

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Every once in awhile, a film that's impeccably crafted and mentally stimulating will undercut itself via "the fourth act" -- in other words, an extra 30 to 40 minutes of movie that exceeds its natural narrative arc. Examples of two such films materialized in the fall of 2008: Clint Eastwood's Changeling and Uli Edel's The Baader Meinhof Complex. In the case of the latter, what would be a near-perfect movie at 110 minutes feels like a chore at 149. The problem with Edel's movie -- not a fatal problem, but an important one -- is that it follows a familiar structure for the type of movie it is, then becomes a marathon once it passes the logical end point of that structure. The Baader Meinhof Complex is a pulsing social history of 1960s-1970s Germany, told as sort of a heist movie, in which the Red Army Faction (RAF) forms, rises up, undergoes crisis, splinters, and is ultimately corralled by German police. The death or jailing of the group's principle members comes at about the point most features are wrapping up. It's perhaps an inevitable psychological reaction, then, to view the interminable legal wranglings by the imprisoned RAF members -- as well as new RAF activities conducted by characters who had never before been introduced -- as a tedious surplus of storytelling. It's a shame this problem is worth devoting so much ink, because everything else about this movie is first-rate -- and even the extra running time is not such a problem if you're mentally prepared for it. The leads (Moritz Bleibtreu and Martina Gedeck) give engrossing performances, and it's an especially accomplished feat for its writer-director, Edel, whose resumé contains such dreadful schlock as the erotic thriller/Madonna vehicle Body of Evidence. Too much good stuff is certainly less of a problem than too little.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
UPC:
0030306181691
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Mpi Home Video
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:29:00
Sales rank:
32,743

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martina Gedeck Ulrike Meinhof
Moritz Bleibtreu Andreas Baader
Johanna Wokalek Gudrun Ensslin
Bruno Ganz Horst Herold
Vinzenz Kiefer Peter-Juergen Boock
Nadja Uhl Brigitte Mohnhaupt
Stipe Erceg Holger Meins
Niels Bruno Schmidt Jan-Carl Raspe
Simon Licht Horst Mahler
Alexandra Maria Lara Petra Schelm
Daniel Lommatzsch Christian Klar
Sebastian Blomberg Rudi Dutschke
Heino Ferch Dietrich Koch, Horst Herold's assistant
Jan Josef Liefers Peter
Hannah Herzsprung Susanne
Tom Schilling Josef Bachmann

Technical Credits
Uli Edel Director,Screenwriter
Alexander Berner Editor
Andorthe Braker Casting
Bernd Eichinger Producer,Screenwriter
Thomas Gabriss Co-producer
Peter Hindertuer Score Composer
Hucky Hornberger Art Director
Rainer Klausmann Cinematographer
Bernd Lepel Production Designer
Manuel Cuotemoc Malle Co-producer
Samiri Menouer Art Director
Birgit Missal Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Moszkovicz Executive Producer
Die Nefzers Special Effects
Christine Rothe Associate Producer
Sabine Schumann Makeup
Florian Tessloff Score Composer

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Scene Index

How the film came about: The Baader Meinhof complex; Interview with author Stefan Aust; Interview with writer and producer Bernd Eichinger; The actors and their roles; Scoring Baader; On authenticity; Behind the scenes

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