Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) [The Criterion Collection #411]
7xDVD9 | ISO | NTSC | 4:3 | 720x480 | ~ 6000 kbps | 51.6Gb
Audio: German AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Art-house | West Germany
Full time: ~ 940 minutes | West Germany | Drama
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's controversial, fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin'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 now available on DVD in this country for the first time, follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to "become an honest soul" amid 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.