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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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Phil Jutzi

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Alfred Döblin (novel), Alfred Döblin | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinrich George ... Franz Biberkopf
Maria Bard Maria Bard ... Cilly
Margarete Schlegel ... Sonja / Mieze
Bernhard Minetti Bernhard Minetti ... Reinhold
Gerhard Bienert Gerhard Bienert ... Klempner-Karl
Albert Florath Albert Florath ... Pums
Paul Westermeier ... Henschke
Oskar Höcker Oskar Höcker
Hans Deppe Hans Deppe ... Gast bei Henschke
Käthe Haack ... Schwester Paula
Julius Falkenstein ... Dieb
Jakob Tiedtke ... Gast bei Henschke
Siegfried Berisch Siegfried Berisch
Arthur Mainzer 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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

19 October 1931 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Berlin Alexanderplatz See more »

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Production Co:

Allianz Tonfilm GmbH See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Classic film - why bother with the recent long remake?
6 August 2015 | by dave-2395See 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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