- HER THIRD
- (DER DRITTE)
- 1971, Egon Günther, East Germany, 107 min.
- With Jutta Hoffmann, Barbara Dittus
During the relatively liberated 1970s, a large number of East German films used female protagonists to explore the gap between ideal and reality in the socialist state. Margit, the heroine of HER THIRD, is a skilled professional who attains equality in the workplace but is still expected to take a traditionally subservient role in the romantic and domestic spheres. Flashbacks and dreams trace her abortive relationships with the two men who fathered her children, while her current interest in a co-worker is frustrated by social convention. Winner of the Best Actress award at the 1972 Venice Film Festival; East Germany’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)