Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

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Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cast: Günter Lamprecht, Hanna Schygulla, Franz Buchrieser

     
 

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's sweeping 16-hour-long drama Berlin Alexanderplatz is an adaptation of the novel by Alfred Doblin. Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) is released from prison as the film opens; he had been jailed for four years after killing his girlfriend Ida. Franz becomes involved with Lina (Elisabeth Trissenaar) and promises to no longer break theSee more details below

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Overview

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's sweeping 16-hour-long drama Berlin Alexanderplatz is an adaptation of the novel by Alfred Doblin. Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) is released from prison as the film opens; he had been jailed for four years after killing his girlfriend Ida. Franz becomes involved with Lina (Elisabeth Trissenaar) and promises to no longer break the law. The 1920s German economy is horrible, and Franz has difficulty providing for himself and his partner. He goes into business with Lina's uncle, who eventually betrays Franz, sending him into a serious downward spiral. Franz becomes involved with a criminal named Reinhold (Gottfried John), a womanizer who convinces Franz to get rid of the woman Reinhold himself has discarded. After a botched robbery, Franz loses his arm in a car accident. With assistance from his ex-girlfriend Eva (Fassbinder regular Hanna Schygulla) and her pimp, Franz recovers and returns to the city. He starts to make some money by acting as a pimp for a prostitute named Mieze (Barbara Sukowa), but Reinhold returns and kills her. The authorities arrest Franz for the murder. The film ends with Franz in a mental hospital, a prime candidate to join the ranks of the upstart National Socialist party.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
UPC:
0715515026529
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
15:40:00
Sales rank:
42,014

Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer form the 2006 restoration by the Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger; Two new documentaries by Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one featuring interviews with the cast and crew (on disc six), the other on the restoration; Hans-Dieter Hartl's 1980 documetnary Notes on the Making of "Berlin Alexanderplatz"; Phil Jutzi's 1931, ninety-minute film of Alfred Döblin himself; New video interview with Peter Jelavich, author of Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections from Fassbinder, and interview with Schwarzenberger, and German author Thomas Steinfeld on the novel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Günter Lamprecht Franz Biberkopf
Hanna Schygulla Eva
Franz Buchrieser Meck
Gottfried John Reinhold
Barbara Sukowa Mieze
Elisabeth Trissenaar Lina
Brigitte Mira Frau Bast
Volker Spengler Bruno
Ivan Desny Rudi
Karin Baal Minna
Hark Bohm Mr. Luders
Helmut Griem An Angel
Claus Holm Landlord
Günther Kaufmann Theo
Udo Kier Man in Nightclub

Technical Credits
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director,Screenwriter
Barbara Baum Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Juliane Lorenz Editor
Peter Märthesheimer Producer
Peer Raben Score Composer
Xaver Schwarzenberger Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Berlin Alexanderplatz: Parts I-II
1. Opening Credits [1:42]
2. I. "The Punishment Begins" [7:59]
3. Instruction Through the Example of Zannowich [7:29]
4. The Invigorating Effect This Has on the Released Prisoner [9:01]
5. Mampe's Brandy [8:20]
6. Ida's Sister [10:19]
7. Chapter 7 [6:33]
8. "I Just Brought the Aprons" [7:01]
9. A Drink With Meck and Polish Lina [5:46]
10. Fran's Oath [8:09]
11. "Franz Biberkopf Is On His Way" [10:43]
12. Closing Credits [2:21]
1. Opening Credits [1:30]
2. II. "How Is One to Live If One Doesn't Want to Die?" [7:36]
3. Pictures of Naked People [4:45]
4. Lina Takes on the Newspaperman [11:03]
5. The Neue Welt [8:27]
6. Selling the Völkischer Beobachter [10:02]
7. "The Watch on the Rhine" [16:55]
8. Closing Credits [1:49]
Disc #2 -- Berlin Alexanderplatz: Parts III-V
1. Opening Credits [1:42]
2. III. "A Hammer Blow to the Head Can Injure the Soul" [8:54]
3. "I'm in Shoelaces Now" [3:53]
4. The Lucky Left Side [5:48]
5. Lüders Goes Left [7:45]
6. White Carnations [8:46]
7. "Franz Is Gone" [5:49]
8. Lüder's Apartment [4:17]
9. There Must Be Some Flaw in It [6:34]
10. Fontanestrasse 17 [5:48]
11. Closing Credits [2:28]
1. Opening Credits [1:31]
2. IV. "A Handful of People in the Depths of Silence" [5:40]
3. The Wink [10:22]
4. Running to the Preacher [5:17]
5. Man's Fate Is Like That of the Beasts [4:29]
6. Job in the Cabbage Patch [6:16]
7. A Lamb to Slaughter [1:01]
8. On This Day, His First Sores Healed [6:18]
9. "I Don't Rat on Anyone" [4:17]
10. "You'll Be Leaving Us Soon" [5:06]
11. Arrested [9:29]
12. Closing Credits [1:54]
1. Opening Credits [1:31]
2. V. "A Reaper With the Power of Our Lord" [7:15]
3. Eva [3:29]
4. Reinhold and Fränze [5:32]
5. Franz and Fränze [4:29]
6. More Window-Shopping [6:34]
7. Dishwater [5:29]
8. Cilly [7:57]
9. The Salvation Army [8:55]
10. "If Reinhold's Scum, You're Even Worse" [8:39]
11. Closing Credits [1:54]
Disc #3 -- Berlin Alexanderplatz: Parts VI-VIII
1. Opening Credits [1:42]
2. VI. "Love Has Its Price" [8:07]
3. "Pums Needs More People" [9:29]
4. Sunday, April 8, 1928 [4:39]
5. "Good Evening, Mr. Pums" [5:33]
6. The Job [9:44]
7. "This Is the Men's Room" [6:29]
8. "Is He Dead?" [3:34]
9. Trude [6:19]
10. Driving to Elsässerstrasse [3:30]
11. Closing Credits [2:02]
1. Opening Credits [1:31]
2. VII. "Remember - An Oath Can Be Amputated" [12:46]
3. "I Never Blew the Whistle on Anyone" [6:23]
4. "You're Always Crying" [3:08]
5. Great Babylon [6:11]
6. Three Beers and One Schnapps [8:11]
7. "Yesterday Was Yesterday" [6:22]
8. Either I'm a Free Man or No Man at All [9:05]
9. "Would You Just Walk Around a Bit?" [4:52]
10. Closing Credits [2:09]
1. Opening Credits [1:32]
2. VIII. "The Sun Warms the Skin, But Burns It Sometimes Too" [12:15]
3. Working With Willy [3:13]
4. "I've Got a Girl for You" [10:02]
5. Mieze [5:03]
6. "She's as Gentle as a Feather" [3:28]
7. A Gift From Mieze [7:50]
8. "Knocked Down" [4:00]
9. "My Mieze Got a Love Letter" [5:10]
10. Mieze and Eva in a Taxi [3:04]
11. Eva Tells Franz [3:21]
12. Closing Credits [2:11]
Disc #4 -- Berlin Alexanderplatz: Parts IX-XI
1. Opening Credits [1:42]
2. "You Must Go Find Mieze!" [4:25]
3. Mosesstrasse at the Fence [5:04]
4. IX. "About the Eternities Between the Many and the Few" [3:13]
5. "Nothing at All, Reinhold" [11:48]
6. Shoeshine [5:06]
7. "Then You Killed Ida..." [9:13]
8. The German Reich Is a Republic... [4:12]
9. Organizations [7:31]
10. "That Awful Guy Franz Biberkopf" [6:44]
11. Closing Credits [2:23]
1. Opening Credits [1:31]
2. A Baby From Franz [10:04]
3. Nietzsche [6:22]
4. Visiting Tegel [6:52]
5. "It's Starting All Over Again" [3:34]
6. X. "Loneliness Tears Cracks of Madness Even in Walls" [11:08]
7. A Visit From Eva [2:56]
8. Franz and Herbert Wait in the Car for Eva [4:55]
9. The Serpent in the Soul of the Serpent [12:35]
10. Closing Credits [1:59]
1. Opening Credits [1:31]
2. XI. "Knowledge Is Power and the Early Bird Catches the Worm" [5:41]
3. "Maybe Franz Wants to Get His Arm Back..." [3:38]
4. The Sinners' Bench [3:19]
5. Bruno Brings 200 Marks [7:08]
6. Reinhold and Mieze Meet [9:24]
7. Reinhold and Franz Discuss Mieze [5:12]
8. Two Surprises [11:19]
9. "Reinhold Is One of Them" [3:54]
10. "I Wanted to Show Him a Decent Girl" [7:39]
11. Closing Credits [2:45]
Disc #5 -- Berlin Alexanderplatz: Parts XII-XIII
1. Opening Credits [1:43]
2. "Everything Is So Clean in Her Room" [7:58]
3. The Thieves' Den [5:21]
4. XII. "The Serpent in the Soul of the Serpent" [6:26]
5. Monday, September 1, 1928 [5:07]
6. Freienwalde [8:45]
7. Reinhold and Mieze Take a Walk [9:23]
8. A Reaper Whose Name Is Death [15:11]
9. Closing Credits [2:06]
1. Opening Credits [1:32]
2. XIII. "The Outside and the Inside and the Secret of Fear of the Secret" [9:30]
3. When the Forest Stands... [4:00]
4. Rudi's Plan [9:34]
5. Safecracking [2:43]
6. A Salve for the Burn [6:11]
7. After Hours at Max's [3:51]
8. The Injustice of Everything [4:55]
9. "Me and Reinhold...and Murder" [6:00]
10. "Why Am I Laughing?" [10:57]
11. Closing Credits [1:15]
12. "The Man Is Finished" [:46]
Disc #6 -- Berlin Alexanderplatz: Epilogue
1. "Everything Will Be Illuminated" [13:15]
2. Franz's Arrest [2:10]
3. Reinhold in Prison [7:09]
4. The Death of a Child and the Birth of a Worthwhile Human Being [6:03]
5. Franz in the Observation Room [4:33]
6. "Medicine on the Wings of Song!" [6:11]
7. Flagellation [4:25]
8. The Rats Lead Franz to Mieze [5:41]
9. Baumann [10:19]
10. "I'm Suffering" [8:45]
11. Reinhold [8:41]
12. Lüders [7:35]
13. Boxing Match [5:02]
14. Ida [4:54]
15. Mieze [2:28]
16. "Rest Easy, Dear Fatherland" [6:48]
17. Trial [5:17]
18. Assistant Gatekeeper Franz Biberkopf [3:28]
19. Closing Credits [4:18]
1. Jogging the Memory [13:25]
2. Creating Mieze [6:40]
3. A Logistical Nightmare [21:38]
4. Politics Then and Now [8:11]
5. A Difficult Scene [9:57]
6. Reflections on RWF [5:14]
Disc #7 -- Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Supplements
1. Leaving Tegel [6:45]
2. Maxie's [5:44]
3. Tie Clips on the Alexanderplatz [5:59]
4. Singing and Fisticuffs [8:34]
5. The Job [6:47]
6. The Hospital [6:53]
7. Freienwalde [4:17]
8. Franz Returns [9:12]
9. The Neue Welt [6:34]
10. Mieze's Old Friend [5:30]
11. Reinhold and Mieze [4:35]
12. Bad News [8:16]
13. Back to the Alexanderplatz [4:39]

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