Ulrike Meinhof

Death and Dailiness

The Baader Meinhof Complex Vitagraph Films Still Walking IFC Films From Germany comes a film about German terrorists. Fittingly stark and dynamic, it focuses on the Baader Meinhof group that flamed from about 1967 to 1977, and it offers its explanation of the group’s existence.

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The 2008 German Film, The Baader Meinhof Complex, was released in New York on Friday. The film tells the story of the Red Army Faction, a West-German militant group repsonsible for several acts of violence over the course of the 1970's and 80's. Reviews have been mostly positive, with Slate describing it as having a weaker second act but still epic in scope, and The New York Times remarking on how the film captures the tragic idealism of the militants. TNR reviewed the film last December.

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Unpleasant Truths

There is an ungainly German word, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, that has no equivalent in the English language. It means "coming to terms with past," and it was coined to refer to the efforts of German intellectuals, journalists, and even some politicians who, over the past half century, insisted that facing unpleasant truths about their country's history was both a moral and political necessity.

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