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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 ...  Franz Biberkopf 14 episodes, 1980
...  Wirt / ... 12 episodes, 1980
...  Eva 12 episodes, 1980
Franz Buchrieser ...  Gottfried Meck 11 episodes, 1980
...  Frau Bast / ... 10 episodes, 1980
Roger Fritz ...  Herbert / ... 9 episodes, 1980
...  Reinhold Hoffmann 9 episodes, 1980
...  Mieze 7 episodes, 1980
...  Theo 7 episodes, 1980
...  Pums / ... 7 episodes, 1980
...  Bruno 7 episodes, 1980
Vitus Zeplichal ...  Rudi 7 episodes, 1980
...  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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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 (1978). See more »

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A Master's Masterpiece
12 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is my third time through, the first having been at its US theatrical release in the early 1980's and the second on video cassette in 1994. The new DVD set confirms my feeling this is the best work of performance in German since Wagner's Ring.

I am put in a trance by the mise-en-scene, the obsessive repetition of themes and variations in music, narrative, visual detail, camera angle, color coordination.

This elegy to the Age of Reason, the illusion of progress, the delusions of civilization, to my way of seeing, killed its creator and left us with a paradox: How can a work so pessimistic of our primacy as animals prove so conclusively the very primacy it refutes?


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