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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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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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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THE most monumental film of all time
7 September 1999 | by (Los Angeles California) – See all my reviews

Berlin Alexanderplatz is by far the most ambitious film of all time. It has a very unusual feel to it as it slips between the real world and the mental state of Franz Biberkopf (particularly when he relives again and again the crime which landed him in prison). Of special interest to film addicts who have not seen the movie is the final 90 minutes which evidently was Fassbinder's own filmed fantasy of the entire plot, done with a background picture of Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights." A fabulous richly-detailed film, but some may not be able to get past the politics.


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