He is a handsome, blond, young pilot - and he's not your typical baddie.
In the new film The Red Baron, which had its premiere in Berlin on Monday night, Germany's legendary flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen, is portrayed as an emotional, sensitive man.
A replica of the Fokker triplane from World War I was planted outside the CineStar cinema in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz, as crowds gathered for the traditional red-carpet welcome.
Funnily enough, although the film has been billed as a taboo-breaker, given the fact that von Richthofen is depicted as a heroic figure, many young Germans have hardly heard of him.
"Who is the Red Baron?" one woman asked me.
But, like it or not, the film is bound to provoke another round of soul-searching about Germany's wartime past.
Manfred von Richthofen, who shot down 80 British, Canadian and Australian pilots durin
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