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German war film challenges taboo - Red Baron

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.

Dashing airmen

Manfred von Richthofen, who shot down 80 British, Canadian and Australian pilots durin

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  • He was a real fokker of a pilot.

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  • Interloper: "Cool article. The Red Barron is a true legend of WW1. Interesting how it mentions the soul-searching of germany's wartime past, but what's the nazi regime got to do with it? Fighter pilots (aces) of that era were in a class of their own. And these guys were the coolest of the cool."
    UH the old school nazis grew up during this time and were involved.. thats why. Its connected

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  • Dat1111: "
    Interloper: "Cool article. The Red Barron is a true legend of WW1. Interesting how it mentions the soul-searching of germany's wartime past, but what's the nazi regime got to do with it? Fighter pilots (aces) of that era were in a class of their own. And these guys were the coolest of the cool."
    UH the old school nazis grew up during this time and were involved.. thats why. Its connected"
    WW2 is a different time and a different war. WW1 is known as 'The Great War' More..

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  • The Red Baron was always admired in the USA. Among other icons, he as a fixture on Peanuts.

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  • Cool article. The Red Barron is a true legend of WW1. Interesting how it mentions the soul-searching of germany's wartime past, but what's the nazi regime got to do with it? Fighter pilots (aces) of that era were in a class of their own. And these guys were the coolest of the cool.

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  • Interloper: "
    Dat1111: "
    Interloper: "Cool article. The Red Barron is a true legend of WW1. Interesting how it mentions the soul-searching of germany's wartime past, but what's the nazi regime got to do with it? Fighter pilots (aces) of that era were in a class of their own. And these guys were the coolest of the cool."
    UH the old school nazis grew up during this time and were involved.. thats why. Its connected"
    WW2 is a different time and a different war. WW1 is known as 'The Great War'. "
    N More..

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  • it was a different time from the Germany after the Nazi's took control -the Germans of that time modelled themselves on British gentleman.The wore English tweed and wore horseriding jonphurs.They respected their adversory and vice versa -it was a period that was very different from WW2.
    Baron von respected the English and wrote in his diary that he might kill an Englishman in a day but never more than one.(he would go back to the airfield)

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  • Can't wait to see it. The Germans know how to make movies. Last time I saw the movie "downfall" or "der untergang". You will be surprised to know that I saw it at a cinema in Israel. Das boot is also a classic, which i have watched about 10 times.

    and to ricsi,

    it sounds you are trying to justify the holocaust....its not surprising, many of your countrymen sent us Jews in to the fire without thinking twice. Maybe you are a Nazi yourself deep down inside.

    Shalom, Pea More..

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  • I think he got shot down by a SAM

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  • After Richtofen was shot down, the British recovered his body from the wreckage, did a post mortem, then buried him with full military honors.

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  • They were killing themselves off for scarce career opportunities.

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  • thunderbear: "I think he got shot down by a SAM "
    Well, that's one farfetched theory. Credit is also claimed by Roy Brown of the RAF and by a Sergeant C. B. Popkin of an Australian anti-aircraft crew. There's other claims too but I don't see a Sam anywhere.

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  • Yep. Given the budget, Red Baron could and should have been a lot better. Nice cgi though, but too few of it.

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  • They only became "nazis" because of the humiliation of the Versailles treaty and lets not forget the Balfour declaration which appeased the jews,who then manipulated the US into the war.

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  • Some homo german guy directed this money I bet you... My grandfather was a pilot in the german air force on the western front in World War 1. He was well decorated too.

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  • Richthofen deserves a production worthy of previous German productions like Das boot and Stalingrad.

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    • Stalingrad? What is that a movie that's just come out? Must not have made American theaters yet.

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    • It's an old movie from -93 with Thomas kretschmann.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108211/



      Also dont know if you seen it, but if you haven't you should ;)

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098437/

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  • I've never heard of Richthoven as "a baddie". To the armies fighting the Kaiser, he was certainly the enemy, but to my knowlege nobody ever considered him to be an asshole like his fellow ace Herman Goering. I don't see why this movie should be controversial.

    Unless, of course, all this business about "breaking taboos" and "showing the human side" actually means they will protray him as some sorts of homo.

    Brokeback Triplane? Lord, I hope not.

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  • I wonder if they portray Richthoven being shot down by the famous Canadian pilot, Snoopy.

    Sorry. I couldn't resist.

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