Magazine article New Internationalist

The Baader Meinhof Complex

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Baader Meinhof Complex

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The Baader Meinhof Complex

written and produced by Bernd Eichingar, directed by Uli Edel (150 minutes)

Eichinger's last film, Downfall, showed Hitler as ruthless - but idealistic. It took flak for humanizing a monster but it made fascism very real, and its emergence believable, a thing of this world, rather than some maniacal ahistorical virus. His latest film, similarly, without posturing, humanizes a ruthless and idealistic political movement.

The point of view is objective, narrowed almost exclusively to the experience of the Baader Meinhof leadership. We follow how their Meas shift as the student movement, radicalized by the Vietnam War and the US Civil Rights movement, encounters the hardline authoritarianism of the West German state. …

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