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Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex (2008). HONORS 280 – Friday, September 26, 2014. Reminders. Reading for Monday -- “Postwar East German Cinema 1949-1989: Historical Overview,” pp. 213-233 in A Critical History of German Film . (Text available in ANGEL.)

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der baader meinhof komplex 2008

Der Baader-MeinhofKomplex (2008)

HONORS 280 – Friday, September 26, 2014

reminders
Reminders . . .
  • Reading for Monday -- “Postwar East German Cinema 1949-1989: Historical Overview,” pp. 213-233 in A Critical History of German Film. (Text available in ANGEL.)
  • Acronyms: GDR (German Democratic Republic); SED (SozialistischeEinheitspartei Deutschland)
  • Denkaufgabe: What socio-political factors influenced film in East Germany?
and another reminder
. . . and another reminder . . .
  • In-Class Writing #2 -- Friday, October 3, 2014.
film response sheets
Film Response Sheets
  • Please write about more than the pre-viewing clips I show in class. 
der baader meinhof komplex the discussion continues
Der Baader-MeinhofKomplex:The discussion continues . . .
  • Horst Herold and the Bundeskriminalamt – 00:30:28-00:37:31:
  • How is he presented in the clip?
  • What function does the inclusion of his character have in the film’s portrayal of the Baader-Meinhof Gang?
  • Is he one of the “good guys”?
der baader meinhof komplex the discussion continues1
Der Baader-MeinhofKomplex:The discussion continues . . .
  • Who do you think the film portrays as the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys”?
  • What techniques are used to achieve this dichotomy?
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Der Baader-MeinhofKomplex:The discussion continues . . .
  • Real Footage and the Events of 1968: 00:20:00-00:21:29
  • How and why does the film use real footage?
  • Should we be suspicious of this technique?
inclusions exclusions
Inclusions & Exclusions
  • What information does the film present on each main character? Is it the same information across the board?
  • Group 1: Ulrike Meinhof
  • Group 2: Gudrun Ensslin
  • Group 3: Andreas Baader
  • Generate two lists – one with the aspects of your character’s life the film includes and one with the aspects of your character’s life the film excludes.
discussion
Discussion
  • How the inclusion and exclusion of information shape our understanding of these three people and their involvement in terrorist activity?
terrorists targets
Terrorists Targets
  • What type of people did the Baader-Meinhof Gang target?
  • How does this connect with Germany’s Nazi past?
the conclusion
The conclusion . . .
  • View Chapter 22 – 02:19:20-02:21:58
  • How does the film transition from the prison to the terrorists in the Middle East? Why is this important?
  • How do the terrorists interpret this ending? The officials?
  • Brigitte Mohnhaupt tells the others: “Hört auf, sie so zusehen, wiesienichtwaren.”
  • To what degree does the film embody this command?
  • Is she addressing the film audience as well? If so, how is this achieved technically in the scene?
the film and the subjective viewer
The Film and the Subjective Viewer
  • Does the story of terrorism in the 1970’s in Germany have a broader significance?
  • Does 9/11 influence our response to the film?
  • If are you are an American citizen, do you view this film through a different lens than German citizens?
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