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Baader-Meinhof is flashy and violent, but the glamour hides Germany's odd history of leftist anti-semitism

By Hans Kundnani   December 2008

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Jean-Luc Godard said that all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. If so, The Baader-Meinhof Complex, released on 14th November, is some movie. The Red Army Faction (RAF) was essentially a collection of women alongside the charismatic Andreas Baader. The gang so glorified violence that it used a Heckler & Koch machine gun, against the background of a red star, as a logo. Automatic weapons fire, most of it from women, is the film’s central motif.

Based on Stefan Aust’s 1985 book of the same…

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