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Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs (1931)

Franz Biberkopf has served four years in prison. His return to normal life is not successful.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Bard ...
Margarete Schlegel ...
Sonja / Mieze
Bernhard Minetti ...
Gerhard Bienert ...
Albert Florath ...
Paul Westermeier ...
Oskar Höcker
Hans Deppe ...
Gast bei Henschke
Käthe Haack ...
Schwester Paula
Julius Falkenstein ...
Jakob Tiedtke ...
Gast bei Henschke
Siegfried Berisch
Arthur Mainzer
Karel Stepanek


Franz Biberkopf has served four years in prison. His return to normal life is not successful. The thug Reinhold wants Biberkopf to join his gang. When that fails, Reinhold involves him against his will in a crime. While Franz protest to this, Reinhold pushes him out of the car. Franz is seriously injured and loses an arm. After his recovery, he works voluntarily for Reinhold. For a short time Franz lives a life of luxury. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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19 October 1931 (Denmark)  »

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Berlin-Alexanderplatz  »

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How to shrink a classic novel into 90 minutes and get away with it quite well
14 July 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Döblin's Berlin, Alexanderplatz is probably a not filmable book anyway. F.e. all the kaleidoscopic elements he has been using like ad slogans, newspaper articles, multiple points of view etc etc etc are really hard to transfer into a movie. Well, it's expressionistic. And definitely outstanding. RW Fassbinder developed a 13-hour-series (plus a rather personal and debatable epilogue) from the material which imho was partly brilliant and partly awfully boring. Of course, the characters had much room to develop here. Whatever, it seems to have gained 'cult' status in some circles. This movie is quite the opposite. It has condensed the original story to a 90-minute-piece which works surprisingly well. Döblin helped with the script, the movie is fast-paced but gets the basic idea of the book. Or better, of it's main character Biberkopf (and also his opponent Reinhold). So, I recommend watching this as at least a comparison to the RWF series. The shots of 1931 Berlin alone make it worthwhile, they add an 'authentic' effect and even Zeitgeist to it (the novel had been published just two years before). That was something the RWF version (shot in 1979) could never really provide.

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