Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) 7 x DVD9 Criterion Collection
After spending four years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Franz Biberkopf is finally being released back into society. Sadly, the lumbering man-child is not ready to return. Shocked by what he sees, he immediately finds himself lost. Luckily, some old cohorts take him under their wing. Soon he has met a new gal named Lina, and they live together as Biberkopf looks for work. After failing at selling tie clips, he is taken in by the rising National Socialists and, before long, is hawking Nazi propaganda on the streets. His Communist friends are none too happy about this development. After meeting up with local crime boss Puns and his associate Reinhold, Biberkopf begins an on-again, off-again association with the thugs. They want him to help with a job. The botched robbery costs our hero much more than he bargained for. Between taking ex-girlfriends off Reinhold's hands and trying to commit to the sweet and naive new love in his life, Mieze, Biberkopf feels entwined by corrupting forces. He wanted to stay honest once he left jail, but it's tough in the Alexanderplatz section of Berlin. The post-war society is crumbling, and it appears that nothing will bring it back. Biberkopf and everyone around him are doomed.

7 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 940 Minutes | 51.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Deutsch | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cast: Gunter Lamprecht, Karlheinz Braun, Hanna Schygulla, Claus Holm, Franz Buchrieser, Brigitte Mira, Gottfried John, Barbara Sukowa
Country: West Germany, Italy

Episodes:
1. The Punishment Begins
2. How is One to Live if One Doesn't Want to Die?
3. A Hammer Blow on the Head Can Injure the Soul
4. A Handful of People in the Depth of Silence
5. A Grim Reaper With Powers from Almighty God
6. Love Has Its Price
7. Remember...an Oath Can be Amputated
8. The Sun Warms the Skin, But Burns it Sometimes, Too
9. About the Eternities Between the Many and the Few
10. Loneliness Can Tear Cracks of Madness into Walls
11. Knowledge is Power, and the Early Bird Catches the Worm
12. The Serpent in the Soul of the Serpent
13. The Outside and the Inside and the Secret of the Fear of Fear
Epilogue: Rainer Werner Fassbinder: My Dream of the Dream of Franz Biberkopf

Extras:
• "A Mega Movie and Its Story" (01:05:08) - new documentary on the Making of Berlin Alexanderplatz
• "Notes On The Making Of Berlin Alexanderplatz" (00:44:08) - Hans-Dieter Hartl's 1980 documentary
• "Berlin Alexanderplatz Remastered" (00:31:58) - the technical aspects of the restoration
• New video interview with Peter Jelavich, author of Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, And The Death Of Weimar Culture
• "Berlin Alexanderplatz" (01:23:52) - 1931 film version, directed by Phil Jutzi and co-written by Alfred Doblin

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