6.9/10
457
9 user 5 critic

Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs (1931)

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

Director:

Writers:

(novel), | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Berlin Alexanderplatz (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang, an officer, gentleman, antiquarian, gigolo, at the moment a ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Erwin Splettstößer, Brigitte Borchert, Wolfgang von Waltershausen
Satan's Brew (1976)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Walter, a German anarchist poet, is short of money after his publisher refuses to give him an advance. He tries various ways of raising money, including shooting one of his mistresses and ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Kurt Raab, Margit Carstensen, Helen Vita
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

Director: Mark Rosman
Stars: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward
Sebastiane (1976)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Reassigned to a lowly outpost, a Roman guard's Christian beliefs clash with his gay commander's desire for closeness. Being tortured becomes pleasurable.

Directors: Paul Humfress, Derek Jarman
Stars: Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James, Neil Kennedy
Fireworks (1947)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Depicts a dream sequence about the brutal rape and torture of Anger himself (as a teenager) by a group of sailors on the street (after trying to pick one of them up).

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray, Bill Seltzer
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl
Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Otto Wernicke, Gustav Diessl
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the... See full summary »

Directors: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
Stars: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An impression of the state of the world in 1929, contrasting similarities and differences in religion, customs, art and entertainment from all over the world. The film is constructed like a symphony.

Director: Walter Ruttmann
Stars: Ivan Koval-Samborsky, Renée Stobrawa, Grace Chiang
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 October 1931 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Berlin-Alexanderplatz  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Sosialismi (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An epic short film?
9 October 2001 | by (Zürich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

If you've read the book, this film version comes as a surprise - how does it manage to make so little of so much? Or is it so much of so little? Döblin co-authored the screenplay, which compresses his sprawling novel into a breathless eighty-eight minutes. Of course, much is sacrificed, but the skeleton plot still compares favourably to that of many modern movies. Technically, too, this flick has aged magnificently - considering this is one of the first German films with sound, what we see and hear is a lot smoother than I'd expected. The cinematography is astonishing by the standards of the decades that followed: there's an opening sequence of our hero (played by Heinrich George, a huge bear of an actor) just out of jail, dizzied by the speed of a tram and the chaos of the surrounding traffic, which is almost as vertiginous as "Vertigo". Reminds one that 1931 was the year of Fritz Lang's "M". Was film a more experimental art form then than it is now? It was also fascinating to see how modern the Berlin of seventy years ago still looks: true, the men have moustaches, and there are horses on the streets, and there isn't a single phone call in the plot, and the actors don't look like models, at least not all of them, thank goodness; but the villains could be straight from Hollywood, as could the fast cars, the glossy ads all over the buildings, the bars, the knee-length skirts and short bobs, and above all the sheer tempo of city life. It was a hugely enjoyable experience and gave me a better idea of the times my grandparents grew up in.


36 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?