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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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Henschke
Oskar Höcker
Hans Deppe ...
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Julius Falkenstein ...
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Jakob Tiedtke ...
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Siegfried Berisch
Arthur Mainzer
Karel Stepanek
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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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Classic film - why bother with the recent long remake?
6 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Berlin Alexanderplatz 1931" is available in a fairly clear version with optional English subtitles on youtube. The story, described in other reviews, is basically the sad experiences of one of Weimar Germany's "kleine menschen". Everything about this film is interesting

  • the acting, the scenes of Berlin in those days, even the musical


score. Of course, the story is somewhat depressing, and it is hard to imagine sitting through the Fassbinder film - over fifteen hours of it
  • despite the rave reviews. I have not, and probably will not. Anyway,


a film made closer to the time and place, just two years after the novel, will necessarily have certain qualities that would escape the most elegant remake possible.


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