German director Uli Edel has made a masterpiece: a concrete-grit drama about super-controversial historical characters (the young German "urban guerrillas" who assassinated 34 people and blew up department stores, newspaper offices, and embassies during the 1970s) that doesn't romanticize or apologize for anyone. Its politicians are chubby ex-Nazis who serenely eat lobster bisque while the Vietnam War rages on. And its young terrorists are deluded egotists who like guns, fast cars, and fucking just as much as they like proletarian emancipation. The film is complex, sexy, horrifying, and long—and deeply, deeply satisfying. (See Movie Times:

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