The running time had me putting this off for years but I just had to watch like tv (like germans did when it aired on public tv on 1980!) Every episode with either big moments are small moments is perfect in its own way. Lamprecht, John, Sukowa, and Schygulla are all amazing. The final 2 hr fantasy epilogue is so good, I wanted to start the whole thing over again. One of the greatest films ever made.