The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation)

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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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Audience Reviews for The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation)

  • Aug 16, 2013
    Over 10 years ago I saw this for the first time and didn't really fully grasp it since it is rather confusing the first time you see it. After reading on forums that people only clicked with it after 2 or 3 views I decided to give it another go and boy: it blew me away. There is a very psychedelci atmosphere because of the weird soundtrack. There is non-stop some kind of noise on the background: often voices of (mostly political) conversations on a tv or a radio. The cinematography is remarkable with often original camera positions and strong use of colour, striking interiors and I like the framing a lot. This is one of only 2 films where Fassbinder did the camerawork himself and he did a fantastic job at it. Die Dritte Generation is a political satire. It's about a terrorist group that is manipulated by the businessman PJ Luez (wonderful role by Eddie Constantine) who wants to sell more anti-terorrist computers to the police, his contactperson at the police is comissar Gerhard Gast (Hark Bohm) who is also involved in the scheme. To make matters even more complicated Gast's son Edgar (Udo Kier) is involved with the terrorists. I especially loved the rol of Raul Gimenez (he also plays in Fassbinder's Lily Marleen), an actor born in Argentina who plays a sexist hitman named Paul. And then there is also a double spy, August, who manipulates the group for his own benefit. Off course Hanna Shygula couldn't be missing as well, she plays a radical named Susanne. With this complex feature Fassbinder shows his dissapointment with what happened to the Rote Armee Fraction, German politics and mostly with the new generation of radicals, who commite crimes without even knowing why they seem to do it, just for the sake of it. Fassbinder refers to them as the Third Generation (the first generation beiing the children of May '68, the Second the R.A.F. and the third the new radicals. After I saw this a second time I now consider it as one of his strongest works and an essential film from the '70s: this is Fassbinder at the pinnacle of his creativity. It is a psychedelic trip with lots of black humour (I found myself laughing out loud during some scenes) but with a lot of food for thought and a superbly written screenplay. A masterpiece!
    William H Super Reviewer

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