Cold War-Era Film Thread

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It's worth watching. Highly entertaining. Hitler and Speer come back after Downfall, and this time they successfully squash a small Red Army.
Niccolo and Donkey

Great movie, agreed. It's been denounced as being "too sexy" and "too flashy". They had heart, albeit in the wrong place.

I was watching a pretty good BBC documentary on Krautrock, where they talk about the Ammon Duul commune, where members of Baader Meinhof were members, plus Herzog, Fassbinder and Wenders hanging around filming.

What a strange time in Germany.

President Camacho

I saw Baader-Meinhof about a year ago thinking I'd enjoy it but honestly, I thought it was shit. The pacing was bad and it was too melodramatic and meandering.

For a much, much better treatment involving much of the same material, I highly recommend Carlos , a 5.5 hour French production about the life of Carlos the Jackal that was formatted into a miniseries. Among other things it covers his relationship with the Baader Meinhofs and the acting, suspense, character dynamics etc are all much better than in Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex .

The main takeaway you get from Carlos is that he was basically just a bandit. Through decades of self-examination even he seems to realize that the Marxist ideological claptrap was a facade to facilitate his inner need to be an outlaw. By the end he grows tired of all authority-- even his sympathetic Red backers-- perhaps revealing himself if anything to be simply an anarchist in the great hispanic tradition.

I give Carlos a :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Volker Schlöndorff's The Legend of Rita .



I went into this movie thinking it would be a romantic action movie about the RAF but I ended up severely disliking the protagonists and couldn't wait for the cops to kill and/or capture them. When I was a teenager I was quite enamored with the Red Army Faction for the way they encapsulated radical chic with stupidly voluntarist terror. I even have a book of photographs by Gudrun Ensslin.

The Red Army Faction, while generally a mix of wide eyed collegiate ideologues and half wit criminal adventurers, sought to uncover the "Nazi bedrock" of postwar German state through their terror campaigns. In other words, they wanted a worthy authoritarian enemy, not the faggy social-democratic malaise that they were used to. This reminds me of a quote from a film whose title I can't immediately recall (it was either a Godard or Fassbinder film) where a character states that, "Capitalism created terrorism so the state would protect it better."

Founding RAF member, Horst Mahler is now a idiosyncratic far rightist who operates this website where he envisions a Fourth Reich and makes comparisons between Rudi Dutschke and Hitler.


This is a good, gripping cold war melodrama. It was released in 1964, the same year as Dr. Strangelove , and is dissimilar to that movie almost solely in that it's not a comedy. It is black-and-white, its setting is primarily a single (war) room, and its viewers' interest is held by plot and dialogue. The screenplay is by a blacklisted Communist (and, yes, Jew), but it is not a communist film. It has a "twist," so avoid spoilers if you can.