Director Uli Edel’s docudrama The Baader Meinhof Complex (a 2008 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) looks at the virus of leftist terrorism that swept West Germany beginning in 1970, but the film charts this phenomenon with a kind of nagging neutrality. For two and a half hours, Edel lays out the bombings, kidnappings, and murders committed by the Baader-Meinhof group, which mutated into the RAF. He catches the violently delusional self-righteousness of their antifascist fervor, but as individuals these cultish guerrillas remain opaque. C+
Genre: Biography, Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, Bruno Ganz; Director: Uli Edel; Author: Uli Edel, Bernd Eichinger; Release Date Limited: 08/26/2009; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 150; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Vitagraph Films
Posted September 2 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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