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The Third Generation (1979)
"Die dritte Generation" (original title)

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A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c. 1980, as the third generation of Western European left-wing activists forms... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Harry Baer ...
Rudolf Mann
Hark Bohm ...
Gerhard Gast
Margit Carstensen ...
P. J. Lurz
Jürgen Draeger ...
Hans Vielhaber
Raúl Gimenez ...
Claus Holm ...
Opa Gast
Franz Walsch
Edgar Gast
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Hilde Krieger
Lilo Pempeit ...
Mutter Gast
Y Sa Lo ...
Ilse Hoffmann
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A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c. 1980, as the third generation of Western European left-wing activists forms, after crippling of the violent Red Army Faction. Released in 1979, largely unavailable until 2004. International kapitalist PJ Lurz's secretary is a gang member, while her Polizeikommissar father-in-law/lover hired Lurz' corporate security force. Written by David Stevens

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9 September 1980 (USA)  »

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A film projectionist in Hamburg was beaten unconscious while screening this film and a theater in Frankfurt was besiege by youths attempting to use acid to destroy the print. See more »


Petra Vielhaber: I'd like to be called Michaela Angela Martinez.
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Eine Komödie in 6 Teilen / um Gesellschaftsspiele / voll Spannung, Erregung und Logik / Grausamkeit und Wahnsinn / ähnlich den Märchen / die man Kindern erzählt / ihr Leben zum Tod ertragen zu helfen. See more »


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Weird, Hermetic, Disconnected but Mesmerizing Film
25 July 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Berlin, a cell of terrorist composed by middle-class people is activated with the sentence "The World as Will and Idea", based on the central work of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer "The World as Will and Representation". They plan to abduct the businessman P. J. Lurz ( Eddie Constantine) that works with sales of computers, while they are chased by a persistent chief of police.

"Die Dritte Generation" a.k.a. "The Third Generation" is a weird, hermetic, disconnected but mesmerizing film of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, divided in six chapters and dedicated to those who truly love (meaning no one in the vision of the director). The plot explores the concept of terrorism and the contradictions of the middle- class and apparently the central idea is based on Schopenhauer's central work. Unfortunately I do not have knowledge in philosophy, sociology or political science to fully understand this inaccessible film. Fassbinder uses unusual angles with his camera and strange sounds to expose with irony the bourgeois values of each ridiculous terrorist of this generation that does not have ideology. In the end, I liked this collection of ideas in spite of I have not clearly understood the film as a whole. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Terceira Geração" ("The Third Generation")

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