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.
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Complete series cast summary:
Günter Lamprecht ...
 Franz Biberkopf (14 episodes, 1980)
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 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)
Roger Fritz ...
 Herbert / ... (9 episodes, 1980)
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 Reinhold Hoffmann (9 episodes, 1980)
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 Mieze (7 episodes, 1980)
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 Theo (7 episodes, 1980)
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 Pums / ... (7 episodes, 1980)
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 Bruno (7 episodes, 1980)
Vitus Zeplichal ...
 Rudi (7 episodes, 1980)
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 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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Crime | Drama

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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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Michael Ballhaus, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's longtime collaborator, was the film's original cinematographer. He quit during pre-production, fed up with Fassbinder's irrational behavior (which included refusing to speak to Ballhaus, communicating with him through an assistant instead). According to Ballhaus, this was Fassbinder's way of "punishing" him for deciding to shoot a different movie with another director after their previous collaboration, The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979). See more »

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Shockingly not in IMDB Top 250
26 March 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Saw in theatre on release, and the many-VHS set, and to this day still rank it unquestionably among top 10 of all time (even with the sometimes overly heavy Fassbinder spin).

The duration permits a whole new level of dramatic depth, as well as a story with many small and one big arc. Acting, music, photography, dialog - all a treat. Ending is love-it-or-hate-it (I didn't hate it).

Subtitles are about 75% legible on video, and were about 90% discernible in the theatre. Audio was often very loud - comes out kind of 'harsh' - wasn't as bad in the theatre.

After each several 'episodes' you'll have to go for a walk (equally so for the legs and the psyche)!


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