Wednesday, May 06, 2009
The Baader Meinhof Complex
At today I’ll be reviewing Uli Edel’s amazing The Baader Meinhof Complex on Cinemascape. Harking back to the gritty political thrillers of the Seventies the film tells the story of the rise and fall of the infamous Red Army Faction which rose against the German Government in the late Sixties organizing bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations. The action is expertly handled, in particular a recreation of the riot that welcomed the Shah of Iran on the streets of Berlin; an event in history that marked the moment that the Baader-Meinhof gang truly united . Spanning a decade, this is a film of breathtaking vision and scope that doesn’t pull any punches. It's a pleasure to see Edel return to the sort of form he showed with his earlier film's like Christiane F and Last Exit to Brooklyn. To hear my full review along with discussion of John Polson’s Tenderness and Christophe Barratier’s Paris 36 tune in to Eastside 89.7 FM.