The Gladbeck Hostage Taking (Netflix): the shocking true story behind the film

The Gladbeck Hostage Taking (Netflix): the shocking true story behind the film

Germans all remember the 54-hour hostage crisis that took place from August 16 to 18, 1988 in the small town of Gladbeck. A news item that has already given rise to several films, the latest of which, The Gladbeck Hostage Taking, can be seen today on Netflix.

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This is a news item which had deeply shocked Germany and even marked Europe in the 1980s. netflix devotes to him today a film, titled The Gladbeck Hostage Taking. A film that could have been a documentary since it is based on the true story of the hostage-taking that took place in August 1988 in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). The facts took place from August 16 to 18, 1988. Two days that held an entire country in suspense. Hans-Jürgen Rösner and Dieter Degowski rob a Deutsche Bank branch in Gladbeck. The ensuing hostage-taking gives rise to a gigantic media spectacle, launching the debate on the limits and responsibility of journalists. It is precisely the role of journalists in this drama that the film is interested in. It was the first time a million viewers witnessed a capital crime live.

The Gladbeck Hostage Taking : a film based on archival footage

The public channels and the still young private channels were not just competing for the first scoop and the best pictures. They have become themselves “the driving force”, explains director Volker Heise. The originality of this film: a narration based solely on archival footage. “This film consists exclusively of original images”explains the director who wanted to present the material “in the rawest and rawest way possible”, without interviews of witnesses of the time nor the usual accessories. In the end: a succession of animated images, still images, embedded newspaper pages, all accompanied by very discreet music.

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Among the other novelties of this Wednesday, the Danish series baby fever which follows Nana, a female doctor who treats the fertility of her patients. One day, the heroine, drunk, inseminates the sperm of her former boyfriend. Pregnant, she will try to win him back when he has moved on… The top of the basket is now also on Netflix. The film follows Stanley Sugerman, a veteran sports scout for the Philadelphia 76ers organization. He seeks to become a coach, and gives the reply to Queen Latifah, who camps his wife, Teresa. The recruiter sees in Bo Cruz, his future star. The two characters get closer and between them weave filial bonds. The Gladbeck Hostage Taking isn’t the only documentary coming out this Wednesday. There is also Keep Sweet: Pray and be quieta documentary mini-series that will look into the power grab and crimes perpetrated by Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Article written in collaboration with 6Medias

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