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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Spine #411



Release:
Nov 13, 2007
$124.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Berlin Alexanderplatz



Directed By: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Gunter Lamprecht, Gottfried John, Barbara Sukowa, Hanna Schygulla, Karin Baal, Udo Kier

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder's controversial, fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin's great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age thirty-four, had already made forty films. Fassbinder's immersive epic, restored in 2006 and now available on DVD in this country for the first time, follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to "become an honest soul" amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time.

Supplements
  • Two new documentaries by Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one featuring interviews with the cast and crew, the other on the restoration
  • Hans-Dieter Hartl's 1980 documentary Notes on the Making of "Berlin Alexanderplatz"
  • Phil Jutzi's 1931, ninety-minute film of Alfred Döblin's novel, from a screenplay co-written by Döblin himself
  • New video interview with Peter Jelavich, author of Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture

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