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Berlin Alexanderplatz

West Germany, 1980
TV Mini-series, Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Hulking, childlike Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to become an “honest soul;” however, he soon finds himself embroiled in Berlin’s criminal underworld, amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. A fifteen-hour TV series, based on Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Fassbinder and his character believed they could fool life’s miserable design, and they all suffer mightily for their hubris, no matter how innocent they remain. Berlin Alexanderplatz, like the structure that gives this intimate, earnest tragedy its name, is mighty, towering, but its pleasures and pains are always easily understood. This unmissable gentle giant gave us Fassbinder’s strengths and weaknesses in the most beautiful, heart-rending form they ever took.
September 07, 2016
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Its very ease of access establishes it as a fixture of a common cinematic heritage rather than a wondrous strange disruption of it. Such, of course, is the fate of all pathbreaking works; whether founding a genre or dissolving one (as per the Benjaminian definition), they will always stand as unmistakable and ineradicable landmarks. What’s interesting about Alexanderplatz, however, is how well its particular brand of extreme long form cinema fits with our familiar means of dramatic apprehension.
December 13, 2008
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Taken as a whole, Fassbinder’s magnum opus is not an alternate reality so much as a near-endless mildewy-bell-jar briefing for a descent into Hell, in an already hellish Weimar Germany, where women are bawling trash, men are lurking hyenas, and the world is a combustion engine run on souls. It’s meant to express a psychological inferno, and it succeeds.
March 18, 2008
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