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The Third Generation (1979)

Die dritte Generation (original title)
Peter Lenz, 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 ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Harry Baer ... Rudolf
Hark Bohm ... Gerhard Gast
Margit Carstensen ... Petra
Eddie Constantine ... P. J. Lurz
Jürgen Draeger ... Hans
Raúl Gimenez Raúl Gimenez ... Paul
Claus Holm ... Opa Gast
Günther Kaufmann ... Franz Walsch
Udo Kier ... Edgar Gast
Bulle Ogier ... Hilde Krieger
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Mutter Gast
Hanna Schygulla ... Susanne Gast
Volker Spengler ... August
Y Sa Lo Y Sa Lo ... Ilse Hoffmann
Vitus Zeplichal Vitus Zeplichal ... Bernhard von Stein


Peter Lenz, 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. International capitalist PJ Lurz's secretary is a gang member, while her Polizeikommissar father-in-law/lover hired Lurz' corporate security force. On February 27, Carnival Tuesday, these young terrorists kidnap Peter Lenz. Written by David Stevens

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Crime | Drama


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


P. J. Lurz: You don't have much of a sense of humor, do you?
Gerhard Gast: On the contrary. The other day I had a dream where capitalists created terrorism in order to force the state to better protect the business community. That's funny, isn't it?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References Solaris (1972) See more »

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Weird, Hermetic, Disconnected but Mesmerizing Film
25 July 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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Release Date:

9 September 1980 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany


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DEM800,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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