April 15, 2007

Baader-Meinhof, Terror und Trauma.

Terror und Trauma Focus reports that Bernd Eichinger's Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex, based on Spiegel editor Stefan Aust's chronicle of the Red Army Faction (RAF), is taking shape. Aust and Eichinger are writing the screenplay and Uli Edel will direct. The Netzeitung, in the meantime, is passing along casting rumors: Moritz Bleibtreu as Andreas Baader; Martina Gedeck as Ulrike Meinhof; and Nina Hoss as Gudrun Ensslin. But Bild, the tabloid justifiably demonized in The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (though, these days, ridicule is probably the more appropriate response), sees Franka Potente as Meinhof. As an admirer of both Gedeck and Potente, it's hard to know who to root for, particularly since the project as a whole is a pretty iffy proposition.

On a related note, a new collection of essays by Thomas Elsaesser has come out in Germany, Terror und Trauma. Zur Gewalt des Vergangenen in der BRD (Terror and Trauma: On the Violence of the Past in the Federal Republic of Germany). In his quite favorable review of the book for die taz, Simon Rothöhler notes that Elsaesser has written a new introduction for a batch of pieces on Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge and "the loner Herbert Achternbusch" that have appeared elsewhere in languages other than German and added a new introduction that places them in a "retroactive trauma-theoretical framework." Elsaesser sees "a structural affinity between trauma and cinema, 'for it is there that reality is condensed to affect, and what once was becomes what is, the present, again and again.'"

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Posted by dwhudson at April 15, 2007 8:48 AM


I vote for Gedeck if Bleibtreu is in. Otherwise this risks to become "Bomb, Ulrike, Bomb!" rather than a serious drama. Just seeing Bleibtreu and Potente together in Elementarteilchen was sort of scary. I kept thinking "Why isn't she running/Why isn't her hair red?" even though they barely had any scenes together.

Posted by: Boyd at April 16, 2007 1:34 AM

Actually, someone who would be perfect for Meinhof is Julia Jentsch; she even looks a bit like Meinhof (see pic at Wikipedia)

Posted by: Boyd at April 16, 2007 1:43 AM

Says a lot about the current state of film acting in Germany: you've got a whole gang of terrorists and too many intriguing candidates to play them!

By the way, I forgot to mention in the entry that shooting is supposed to begin in the late summer, so we should be hearing the final word on casting relatively soon.

Posted by: David Hudson at April 16, 2007 1:56 AM