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(Die Dritte Generation)
Directed Rainer Werner Fassbinder
In German with English subtitles
"If we ever needed a comedy about terrorism, now's the time – and Fassbinder is the one who delivered it... in 1979."
Directly after making one of his biggest successes The Marriage of Maria Braun, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder dove into this spectacularly controversial and risky project, which is a mediation on the new generation of terrorists that sprung up in Europe in the late 70s. It centers on a radical cell in Berlin whose aim is to overthrow the capitalist system, and shows how in their chaotic madness they become pawns of the very establishment they are fighting against. At one point their terrorist activities are even merrily funded by a businessman to boost his computer sales, and soon the mass media also begin to publicize their terrorist actions so the government can use their violence as an excuse to push even more repressive and sinister legislation. Sound familiar?
This film is wild, absurd, hilarious... and it's also an acute warning about the mindset of any extremism. On some level, it even exposes a hidden erotic excitement beneath terrorism... for example, Margit Carstensen who plays Petra von Kant in this film, seems sexually enraptured by the terrorist actions - and whenever an even more ridiculous and crazy plan is brought up, she ecstatically cries "Oh, yes, let's do it!" no matter how pointless the action is. It is a sort of frenzy. And then during the course of the movie we have Ingrid Caven singing torch songs about love stories that have gone wrong, reflecting the cheap romanticism behind terrorism.
The film is absolutely madcap... hyperbolic, cluttered, absurd... and many times falls into the vertigo of overlapping soundtracks. The sound is used as a relentless assault. But beyond this chaotic experimentation it is also a slapstick comedy... but a very dark one. It remains one of Fassbinder's boldest films. Shot in trail-blazing primary colors, with over-the-top acting, it takes on an almost cartoon quality in its aesthetics. It is interspersed with intertitles from time to time, which are simply graffiti texts that Fassbinder collected from the public toilets in Berlin. And of course, this is another movie that ruffled a lot of feathers - at a screening in Hamburg, the projectionist was beaten unconscious, while in Frankfurt an incensed mob threw acid at the screen. There were also death threats against the director. Starring Hanna Schygulla, Bulle Ogier, Udo Kier, Volker Spengler, Margit Carstensen and Eddie Constantine.
Don't expect an easily digestible thriller... this is a hell of a ride in both form and content.
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Official release party of the new album by Dutch duo GLICE. CIELO was recorded in Berlin with Alexander Hacke, longtime member of Einstürzende Neubauten. In turns beautiful and menacing, CIELO sees Glice expanding their sound past noise music and abstract electronics into the realms of post-classical, post-industrial music.
Glice will be supported by legendary one-man act and Narrominded labelmate SPOELSTRA, who will celebrate his 10-year anniversary this evening! Yet another one-man act, PEOPLE, will close the evening with dark synths and beats that were brewn in London and bottled in Amsterdam.