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Berlin-Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf (1931)

Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs (original title)
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 ... 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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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

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

19 October 1931 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Berlin-Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,447
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Allianz Tonfilm GmbH See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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How to shrink a classic novel into 90 minutes and get away with it quite well
14 July 2014 | by g-moffSee all my reviews

Döblin's Berlin, Alexanderplatz is probably a not filmable book anyway. F.e. all the kaleidoscopic elements he has been using like ad slogans, newspaper articles, multiple points of view etc etc etc are really hard to transfer into a movie. Well, it's expressionistic. And definitely outstanding. RW Fassbinder developed a 13-hour-series (plus a rather personal and debatable epilogue) from the material which imho was partly brilliant and partly awfully boring. Of course, the characters had much room to develop here. Whatever, it seems to have gained 'cult' status in some circles. This movie is quite the opposite. It has condensed the original story to a 90-minute-piece which works surprisingly well. Döblin helped with the script, the movie is fast-paced but gets the basic idea of the book. Or better, of it's main character Biberkopf (and also his opponent Reinhold). So, I recommend watching this as at least a comparison to the RWF series. The shots of 1931 Berlin alone make it worthwhile, they add an 'authentic' effect and even Zeitgeist to it (the novel had been published just two years before). That was something the RWF version (shot in 1979) could never really provide.


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