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Berlin Alexanderplatz 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (1980)
In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.
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Complete series cast summary:
Günter Lamprecht Günter Lamprecht ...  Franz Biberkopf 14 episodes, 1980
Claus Holm ...  Wirt / ... 12 episodes, 1980
Hanna Schygulla ...  Eva 12 episodes, 1980
Franz Buchrieser Franz Buchrieser ...  Gottfried Meck 11 episodes, 1980
Brigitte Mira ...  Frau Bast / ... 10 episodes, 1980
Roger Fritz Roger Fritz ...  Herbert / ... 9 episodes, 1980
Gottfried John ...  Reinhold Hoffmann 9 episodes, 1980
Barbara Sukowa ...  Mieze 7 episodes, 1980
Günther Kaufmann ...  Theo 7 episodes, 1980
Ivan Desny ...  Pums / ... 7 episodes, 1980
Volker Spengler ...  Bruno 7 episodes, 1980
Vitus Zeplichal Vitus Zeplichal ...  Rudi 7 episodes, 1980
Barbara Valentin ...  Ida 6 episodes, 1980
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This mini-series is a 15-1/2 hour episodic exploration of the character of Franz Biberkopf, "hero" of Alfred Döblin's acclaimed novel, as well as the Alexanderplatz area of Berlin that he inhabits. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

West Germany | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berlin Alexanderplatz See more »

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Budget:

DEM13,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Originally Alexanderplatz was named Ochsenmarkrt (oxen market) and named after Tsar Alexander I who visited Berlin in 1805. See more »

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A Master's Masterpiece
12 July 2008 | by heliotropetwoSee all my reviews

This is my third time through, the first having been at its US theatrical release in the early 1980's and the second on video cassette in 1994. The new DVD set confirms my feeling this is the best work of performance in German since Wagner's Ring.

I am put in a trance by the mise-en-scene, the obsessive repetition of themes and variations in music, narrative, visual detail, camera angle, color coordination.

This elegy to the Age of Reason, the illusion of progress, the delusions of civilization, to my way of seeing, killed its creator and left us with a paradox: How can a work so pessimistic of our primacy as animals prove so conclusively the very primacy it refutes?


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