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The Third Generation

Die dritte Generation

West Germany, 1979
Crime, Drama


Winter 1978/79 in West Berlin. A group of inept middle-class German radicals—united less by their political convictions than their secretive behavior—goes underground after the killer Paul is shot by the police. The young terrorists kidnap Peter Lurz, the representative of a US computer firm.

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The Third Generation Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Critics reviews

The film’s intertitles are taken from bathroom graffiti; its cinematic references (to Bresson, Tarkovsky, and, especially, Godard) are clever and apt, and the few action scenes are filmed with a razor-sharp pulp efficacy. Fassbinder’s blend of paranoia and whiz-bang wonder is the modern successor to Fritz Lang’s “Dr. Mabuse” films.
November 17, 2014
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A terrorist film, in other words? I’d argue, on the contrary, a dull and rudderless one, principally concerned with the supposedly funky lint inside the collective navels of Herr Fassbinder and his talented entourage. Absence of ulterior motive, indeed: it’s all a matter of internal, in-group references — Fass and His Friends.
September 10, 1980
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