The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation) (1980)

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German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder both directed and photographed The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation). Displaying a sense of humor that can most kindly be described as perverse, Fassbinder follows the exploits of a group of well-heeled German terrorists. Without truly taking sides, the director demonstrates how the terrorists are essentially shooting themselves in the foot. The more havoc they spread, the tighter the government restrictions against other radicals. Eddie Constantine, the sang-froid leading man of many a Lemmy Caution espionage film, is ironically cast in The Third Generation. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation)

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Many people have perceived Fassbinder as merely a social commentator, "The Third Generation" proves he's an artist.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] hectic, funny, prismatically intricate political thriller ...

Nov 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Episodic, aurally and visually cluttered, and calculated to irritate, but like most Fassbinder films, worth a second look.

Nov 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Essential viewing.

Jun 3, 2006 | Full Review…
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There no longer can be any doubt about it: Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the most dazzling, talented, provocative, original, puzzling, prolific and exhilarating film maker of his generation. Anywhere.

Jun 3, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

... the film is not dispossessed of Fassbinder's absorbing narrative capacity, here more given to caricature and the unreal tone than usual. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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