Berlin Alexanderplatz

859 mins
9 / 10 (1068)
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Synopsis

Hulking, childlike Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to become an “honest soul;” however, he soon finds himself embroiled in Berlin’s criminal underworld, amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. A fifteen-hour TV series, based on Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel.

MUBI's take

Insightfully intimate and 15-and-a-half hours long, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s chaotic city serial and monumental film epic sustains its focus to just one man across 1920s Berlin, masterfully encapsulating and contexualising the one man and his milieu. An enthralling and expansive character study.

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