The Third Generation / Die Dritte Generation Series: Film Comment Selects  Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Country: West Germany, Release: 1979, Runtime: 105
A “comedy in six acts, just like the fairy tales we tell our children to make their short lives more bearable,” Fassbinder’s satirical response to the terrorist activities of the Baader-Meinhoff gang and the Red Army Faction features a fabulous cast, with Fassbinder standbys Hanna Schygulla, Margit Carstensen, et al., augmented by Bulle Ogier and Eddie “Alphaville” Constantine.
“A cruelly farcical caricature of revolutionary activity, showing a terrorist splinter cell indistinguishable from their cover identities as upstanding members of the West German middle class—neurotic, jealous, spiteful, and supremely delusional. Dabbling in revolution with dilettante posturing, Halloween costumes, and Schopenhauer code words (‘The world as will and idea’), they’ve been infiltrated by the police and are clueless pawns of the state.
Fassbinder floats the notion that terrorism might be the invention of capitalism in order to protect itself from legitimate challenge, but in his phenomenally contemptuous schema, the inverse also applies. The fantastical image of all-powerful, pure-evil capitalism might be the invention of militants seeking to justify their own native fascist tendencies.” —Howard Hampton, Film Comment, May/June ’08