Political Violence in Cinema (HUM425)

We’ve already seen The Baader Meinhof Complex, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, and clips from Weather Underground. In the last few years a number of remarkable films about political violence in the Red Decade have been produced. Here are trailers for some of them.

A film about Carlos the Jackal. Edgar Ramirez is the real deal. A truly charismatic screen presence:

A film about the French gangster, Jacques Mesrine. Technically, Mesrine was a criminal rather than a revolutionary. Yet his actions were understood by many of his admirers as an attack on the system itself. He also had a passing acquaintance with the FLQ (Quebec Liberation Front):

A film about the Japanese Red Army:

Steven Soderbergh’s Che. Benicio del Toro, who is Puerto Rican, apparently went to some effort to master an Argentine accent:

This one’s not as recent. 4 Days in September, a film by Bruno Barreto, which represents the kidnapping of a US ambassador by an urban guerrilla group (MR-8) during the military dictatorship in Brazil:

And– though it’s set in 1920s Northern Ireland– Ken Loach’s 2006 The Wind that Shakes the Barley: