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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Germany is under siege. The conservative government doesn’t listen to the liberal and socialist cries from the students that want more democracy and less American imperialism that gets supported by the government officials, many of whom have a Nazi past. In this setting, Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin start a violent war against the establishment under the name of the Rote Armee Fraktion, aka RAF.

Sound and Vision:
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex contains a lot of archived material but it’s been cleaned up nicely so except for some grain it still looks pretty good. The movie itself is shot very realistically and hasn’t been stylized too much. The transfer was done nicely without any compression errors.

The sound comes with a 5.1 track but the emphasis is on the front speakers so don’t expect too much from the rear speakers or subwoofer.

Extras:
– Making Of
– A Portrait About Director Uli Edel
– About Authenticity
– The Music
– The Actors and Their Characters
– Stefan Aust on the Red Army Faction and their historical context
– Bernd Eichinger On The Approach To The Movie And The 60´s And 70´s
– Bernd Eichinger On The Dramaturgy Of The Movie

A buttload of interesting extras that give more insight in the RAF and Germany in the 60s and 70s. Very good stuff!

Conclusion:
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex is a combination of a documentary and a movie about the RAF and as such succeeds in portraying the atmosphere in Germany in the 60s and 70s. The way the lead characters are followed and how their actions managed to completely terrorise the country is shown extremely well. The acting is at high level and at no point will you feel you’re watching a movie. Instead it’s like you’re really following the characters and are getting an insight in their (twisted?) psychology.

We don’t get too many non-English movies that manage to really grab the viewer from the very first minute until the last second but Der Baader Mainhof Komplex – based on a true story – does it very well. If you’ve never watched a non-English movie before, this one is certainly one to begin with. Overall a must-have!

Our Score:
8.0

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