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Black Box BRD (2001)

Wolfgang Grams, RAF terrorist, killed in a police shoot out in 1993 was thought to be part of the 1989 murder of high placed banker Alfred Herrhausen. This documentary interviews people ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Pater Augustinus Pater Augustinus ... Himself
Roswitha Bleith-Bendieck Roswitha Bleith-Bendieck ... Herself
Paul Brand Paul Brand ... Himself
Rolf E. Breuer Rolf E. Breuer ... Himself (as Dr. Rolf E. Breuer)
Gerd Böh Gerd Böh ... Himself
Matthias Dittmer Matthias Dittmer ... Himself
Albert Eisenach Albert Eisenach ... Himself
Irene Eisenach Irene Eisenach ... Herself
Michael Endres Michael Endres ... Himself
Thomas R. Fischer Thomas R. Fischer ... Himself
Rainer Grams Rainer Grams ... Himself
Ruth Grams Ruth Grams ... Herself
Werner Grams Werner Grams ... Himself
Wolfgang Grams Wolfgang Grams ... Himself (archive footage)
Wolfgang Grundmann Wolfgang Grundmann ... Himself


Wolfgang Grams, RAF terrorist, killed in a police shoot out in 1993 was thought to be part of the 1989 murder of high placed banker Alfred Herrhausen. This documentary interviews people close to Herrhausen and Grams showing what made them the people they became. Written by James Johnson <jjrye22@hotmail.com>

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Der Kampf ist vorbei, die Wunden sind offen.





Official Sites:

Zero Film [Germany]





Release Date:

24 May 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Box Germany See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The BRD is all gone...
7 January 2004 | by hentrupSee all my reviews

This movie attempts to turn something into history. By treating both sides of the intense conflict between the leftist terrorists and the political elite of postwar West Germany in the 70s and 80s with equal respect, its main message is, perhaps, this: it's all over. The movie shrugs off the ideologies involved and turns its focus on the two biographies of Grams and Herrhausen instead.

Some of the previous comments have remarked that those two really didn't have much in common. Even their involvement with terrorism wasn't particularly similar - Herrhausen, the banker, was simply a victim. He had known, of course, that he was a likely target, but only his death, not his life was molded by the RAF terrorist movement. Grams, on the other hand, was a terrorist for roughly two decades, and died, most probably by suicide, during a shootout with the police. I believe that the only way in which these two biographies could be linked (without a tremondous, and strained, analytic effort) was by representing them both as parts of an historical phenomenon. The movie doesn't really need a clear connection between its two protagonists other than this: they're part of the same historical constellation. It doesn't aim at explaining this constellation. It aims at telling us that it IS historical.

How could this be of interest to German audiences? While I don't want to reduce the movie's appeal to this - there's a lot of intriguing material in it - I think the explanation lies in the German present, not in the past. Mostly unnoticed, overshadowed by the more severe transformations in the Eastern part of the country, the old West has changed quite thoroughly as well. And the changes are accompanied by certain tendencies of framing recent history in collective memory, as it were. We now like to regard all the political conflicts of the years before 1989 as finished and done with. Germany, we want to believe, is totally different from what it was back then. This urge for discontinuity is rather questionable, actually... Anyway, that's where both the fascination and the problems and perhaps the ultimate failure of the film lie. Or so I think.

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