Based on a novel by Per Wahlöö. With
Fassbinder, Günther Kaufmann, Boy Godert.
Gremm directed fellow filmmaker and longtime friend
Fassbinder in what turned out to be his last performance
before his untimely death on June 10,1982.
In the near future where “the combine” controls television
and news, a bomb threat brings super cop Jansen (Fassbinder)
to the combine’s headquarters. Nothing happens, but his boss
gives him four days to solve the hoax. Odd things occur: on
day one there’s a murder at the combine; vague references to
the combine’s enemy, Krysmopompas, appear; the nephew of
the combine’s boss confesses to the bomb threat, although he
didn’t do it. Jansen stays focused, interviewing employees who
received special awards (printed on the paper used for the
bomb threat). Is he onto something big or was the bomb threat
just a prank? And what is this 31st floor rumored hidden in
the 30-story combine headquarters?