The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex)


(out of 5)

Superb epic drama about the Red Army Faction, a German terrorist cell formed by a left-wing activist and a journalist in the late sixties to combat American imperialism and the conservative politics of a nation that had still not fully recovered from World War II. The children born to immediate post-Nazi Germany have grown disillusioned with their nation and decide to do something about it, and in this mammoth in length but never less than absorbing film we watch as and lead a group of youngsters into anarchy, only to see their organization become something beyond their control after they go to prison and their successors take their work to a new level. It’s an exhausting effort that might require more than one sitting to get all the way through, but so many sequences are pulled off with such incredible style and the performances so uniformly brilliant that you will be so glad you gave it a shot.

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Germany/France/Czech Republic, 2008

Directed by

Screenplay by , collaboror Uli Edel, based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by Bernd Eichinger

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:   ,  ,  

Academy Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (Germany)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film not in the English Language

European Film Award Nominations
Best European Actor (Moritz Bleibtreu)
Audience Award
Prix d’Excellence, for hair and makeup



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