Der Baader Meinhoff Komplex

Hell yes.....

... though it will take quite a while, of course, before this gets States-side.

See the article by Peter Hockenos from The Boston Review last year. And, before that, Brian Sholis on an art exhibit devoted to the RAF.

While riding this train of association, a quick flashback to the Clash. "Tommy Gun" was inspired by a realization that Baader-Meinhoff and their ilk were ultimately playing, not a game of political struggle, but of media power and celebrity:

Tommy gun
You can be a hero in an age of none
Tommy gun
I'm cutting out your picture from page one

I'm gonna get a jacket just like yours
And give my false support to your cause
Whatever you want, you're gonna get it!

Boats and tanks and planes, it's your game
Kings and queens and generals learn your name
I see all the innocents, the human sacrifice
And if death comes so cheap
Then the same goes for life!

What makes me so enthusiastic about the trailer for is that it looks as though the director has carried things to their logical conclusion: from manifesto to biopic....

August 3, 2008 8:22 PM | | Comments (5)

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Richard and Linda Thompson already hit this subject, pretty amazingly, in 1980.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da5Er-1isvU

Scott McLemee ist... Der Baader Herald.

I still remember a clever piece of bathroom wall graffitti in the late 1970s.

Someone had written Brigade Rosse, and underneath someone else responded, "Also Avaliable In White And Rosè."

I used to have a bumper sticker -- a replica of that famous German August -- which said (my German is rusty) Ich Keine Baader Meinhof Gruppe! (I am not a member of the BM group). Students put the stickers on their cars in the (largely vain) hope that the cops wouldn't roust them looking for the RAF.

I was so hoping that Ann Coulter could play Gudrun Ensslin. I swear they look like sisters!

The film looks great. It might be worth relearning German just in case it's never released in the U.S.

The movie will definitely make it stateside; look for a short run in NY and LA in December (for oscar qualifiers) and a regular run probably in March or April.

I sell that replica sticker mentioned above on my site; students wouldn't necessarily put it on their cars just to try to stop cops from pulling them over; it was also a way to publicly say "just because I am young and have long hair, it doesn't mean I'm a terrorist". It was effectively a statement against the growing "fascist" tendencies of the govt.'s war on terror...

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