Berlin Alexanderplatz
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TV mini-series- Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed this 16-hour film that follows Franz Biberkopf (Gunter Lamprecht) after his release from prison in 1920s Germany. Although Biberkopf wants to remain straight, the poor economy ultimately drives him back to a life of petty crime and violence. Based on Alfred Doblin's acclaimed novel, this movie documents a man's descent into depravity and insanity, and sets the stage for the emergence of the Nazi party.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The work of a genuine master with nothing left to lose or hide."
‑ , Time Out
"Rainer Werner Fassbinder's fifteen-hour-plus adaptation of Alfred Döblin's novel, one of the most revered classics of German literature, is the German auteur's most lavish and complex production ever."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"An astonishing, momumental work."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"All of the usual distancing effects drop out, leaving the wrenching spectacle of one man grappling with his life in perfect candor."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's the crowning achievement for the prolific filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite its small-screen beginnings, Fassbinder's incisive grasp of the milieu and themes, wonderful cinematography and pitch perfect acting make Alexanderplatz his undisputed masterpiece."
‑ , Film4
"If greatness is determined less by perfection than by sheer forward thrust, I can think of few better examples than Berlin Alexanderplatz."
‑ Rob Humanick, House Next Door
"One of the greatest character studies imaginable."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"For its first 13 episodes, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's adaptation of Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz is most decidedly a masterpiece."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
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