Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

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Complete series cast summary:
Günter Lamprecht ...
 Franz Biberkopf (14 episodes, 1980)
Claus Holm ...
 Wirt / ... (12 episodes, 1980)
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 Eva (12 episodes, 1980)
Franz Buchrieser ...
 Gottfried Meck (11 episodes, 1980)
Brigitte Mira ...
 Frau Bast / ... (10 episodes, 1980)
Karlheinz Braun ...
 Rechtsanwalt Löwenhund (10 episodes, 1980)
Roger Fritz ...
 Herbert / ... (9 episodes, 1980)
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 Reinhold Hoffmann (9 episodes, 1980)
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 Mieze (7 episodes, 1980)
Günther Kaufmann ...
 Theo (7 episodes, 1980)
Ivan Desny ...
 Pums / ... (7 episodes, 1980)
Volker Spengler ...
 Bruno (7 episodes, 1980)
Vitus Zeplichal ...
 Rudi (7 episodes, 1980)
Barbara Valentin ...
 Ida (6 episodes, 1980)
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This film, which is basically the longest narrative film ever made, is a 15-1/2 hour episodic exploration of the character of Franz Biberkopf, "hero" of Alfred Döblin's acclaimed novel, as well as the Alexanderplatz area of Berlin that he inhabits. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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10 August 1983 (USA)  »

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Berlin Alexanderplatz: Remastered  »

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DEM 13,000,000 (estimated)
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When the film arrived in the United States, it was first shown on public television. Then, the film was shown in "theater installments" and every night, a theater would show two episodes. See more »

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A Master's Masterpiece
12 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my third time through, the first having been at its US theatrical release in the early 1980's and the second on video cassette in 1994. The new DVD set confirms my feeling this is the best work of performance in German since Wagner's Ring.

I am put in a trance by the mise-en-scene, the obsessive repetition of themes and variations in music, narrative, visual detail, camera angle, color coordination.

This elegy to the Age of Reason, the illusion of progress, the delusions of civilization, to my way of seeing, killed its creator and left us with a paradox: How can a work so pessimistic of our primacy as animals prove so conclusively the very primacy it refutes?


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