A landmark of European cinema (and a major box office success of the time) The Third is a humorous and touching story of an independent woman’s willingness to break with social conventions in order to find happiness. Twice-married and romantically involved with a woman, she decides to seduce a male colleague in order to find a father for her children. The film won the top prize at the 1972 Karlovy Vary Film Festival while its star Jutta Hoffman garnered the Best Actress award at Venice the same year. —First Run Features
Egon Günther was born March 30, 1927, in Schneeberg (Erz Mountains) as the son of a workman. Following an apprenticeship as a locksmith, he worked as a draftsman at an engineering agency. From 1944 until 1945, he joined the war as a soldier and was able to escape from war captivity in the Netherlands. From 1948 until 1951, he studied education, German literature, and philosophy at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig, where his professors included Ernst Bloch. After giving up his job as a teacher, Günther became an editor at a publishing company in Halle/Saale. He published a collection of poems (“Die Zukunft sitzt am Tisch”; 1955), two novels (“Flandrisches Finale”, 1955; “Der kretische Krieg”, 1957), and one novella (“Dem Erdboden gleich”, 1958), before starting to work as a dramatic advisor and screenplay writer at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films in Potsdam-Babelsberg.
However, Günther never gave up on literature. In 1971, he published a novel which recalled the case of Eichmann… read more