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Berlin Alexanderplatz 

Not Rated | | Crime , Drama | TV Mini-Series (1980– )
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 Günter Lamprecht ...  Franz Biberkopf 14 episodes, 1980
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Franz Buchrieser Franz Buchrieser ...  Gottfried Meck 11 episodes, 1980
Brigitte Mira ...  Frau Bast / ... 10 episodes, 1980
Roger Fritz Roger Fritz ...  Herbert / ... 9 episodes, 1980
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Günther Kaufmann ...  Theo 7 episodes, 1980
Ivan Desny ...  Pums / ... 7 episodes, 1980
Volker Spengler ...  Bruno 7 episodes, 1980
Vitus Zeplichal Vitus Zeplichal ...  Rudi 7 episodes, 1980
Barbara Valentin ...  Ida 6 episodes, 1980
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This mini-series 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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany | Italy

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German

Release Date:

10 August 1983 (USA) See more »

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Berlin Alexanderplatz: Remastered See more »

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DEM 13,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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This was screened at the Vista cinema in Hollywood in August 1983, in its entirety (with a 2 hour break for dinner), making it the longest film ever to be commercially screened (15 hours, 21 minutes). Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik (1984), which is only a little longer at 15 hours and 40 minutes was shown in German cinemas and at the London Film Festival, but not in a single screening, instead being split across a weekend with a night in between the first and second parts. See more »

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The restored Biberkopf
28 March 2007 | by SinginDetectiveSee all my reviews

I think it's a perfect crime that this epic of human behavior has been neglected by German audiences. Even here on IMDb the people commenting on it are from various parts all over the wold but not from Germany. This is mostly due to the fact that "Berlin Alexanderplatz" was aired only once in 1980, under not very becoming conditions (it was a very bad copy of the original 16mm print that was much too dark for once), and then quickly thrown on the garbage heap of television-history. In the US for instance, Berlin Alexanderplatz was shown in cinemas and the association of American film critics at the end of the 80ies placed Günther Lamprecht under the top three actors of it's time, just behind Robert de Niro and Ben Kingsley. Figure that. Still the Germans go on saying that the Americans are mere barbarians when it comes to art. Thanks to "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and the people responsible for the quite expensive restoration-process of the series we now have a DVD and can watch the somnambulic masterpiece in all of it's original glory. It's the spiraling downfall of one man in a big Leviathan of a city, hard to swallow for most who rely on the silver or small screen for escapist entertainment. I just wish that today for every "Lost", "24" or "Profiler/CSI"-series there would at least be one "Berlin Alexanderplatz".


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