Film Info: Dritte, Der

Third, The (Dritte, Der)

Margit Fliesser is a woman in her mid-thirties who works as a mathematician in a medium-sized company; she has two children and has been divorced twice. Her colleagues like her, respect her professional skills and accept her peculiar attributes; she is somewhat shy and rather repressed. The reason for this lies in her past, not least in her childhood. Following her mother’s premature death, Margit becomes a nurse trainee in a Protestant order but at some point she realizes that this vocation is not really fulfilling. She then enters a university preparatory college where she studies with a lecturer, who later becomes her first husband. Bachmann, however, is not only her first great love, but also her first great disappointment. Her second relationship - to a blind man - turns out to be a let-down as well. She now decides to take things into her own hands. She picks her "third man" herself, no longer leaving it up to fate to make decisions for her. Although this involves considerable efforts on her part - and calls for the help of her friend Lucie - Margit achieves her goal: she wins over her colleague, Hrdlitschka, as her third husband.


Egon Guenther was born in Schneeberg in 1927. After the war, he studied Pedagogy, German and Philosophy at the University of Leipzig and worked as a dramaturg and screenwriter at the DEFA Studios from 1958 to 1964 and moved to West Germany in 1978 after his second film Ursula found little favor with the East German regime. His other films include: Wenn du gross bist, lieber Adam (1965), Abschied (1967), Die Schluessel (TV, 1972), The Third (Der Dritte, 1972), Lotte in Weimar (1974), The Sorrows of Young Werther, (Die Leiden des jungen Werther, 1976), Rosamunde (1989), Stein (1991), Lenz (1992), Schrobbsdorff (1998), Die Braut (1998) and Else - Geschichte einer leidenschaftlichen Frau (TV, 1999).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1972
Director Egon Guenther
Screenplay Egon Guenther, Guenther Ruecker
Cinematography Erich Gusko
Cast Jutta Hoffmann, Barbara Dittus, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Rolf Ludwig, Christine Schorn
Production Company DEFA/Berlin
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English

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