Berlin Alexanderplatz
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Time Out

The work of a genuine master with nothing left to lose or hide.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

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.

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TV Guide

An astonishing, momumental work.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

All of the usual distancing effects drop out, leaving the wrenching spectacle of one man grappling with his life in perfect candor.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the crowning achievement for the prolific filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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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.

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Rob Humanick
House Next Door

If greatness is determined less by perfection than by sheer forward thrust, I can think of few better examples than Berlin Alexanderplatz.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the greatest character studies imaginable.

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

For its first 13 episodes, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's adaptation of Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz is most decidedly a masterpiece.

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