Berlin Alexanderplatz [1980] [Criterion] (DVD)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Synopsis

7-Disc Set

 

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's wildly controversial fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Doblin'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 available on DVD in this country for the first time, follows the hulking, violent, yet strangely childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Gunter Lamprecht) as he attempts to "become an honest soul" amidst 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.

Product Details

  • Starring: Günter Lamprecht, Gottfried John, Barbara Sukowa, Hanna Schygulla, Karin Baal
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Run Time: 941 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 411

Special Features

  • 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
  • PLUS: A book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections from Fassbinder, an interview with Schwarzenberger, and German author Thomas Steinfeld on the novel
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