Berlin Alexanderplatz

Film

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Premiere Date 1980-10-12
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Alternative Titles
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz
Category TV Show / TV Series
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Credits
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Notes Premiered at Venice Film Festival

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age thirty-four, had already made forty films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time.

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