Berlin Alexanderplatz : einen Film in 13 Teilen und einem Epilog / Bavaria Film, Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation präsentieren ; eine Co-Produktion der Bavaria Atelier GMBH mit dem italienischen Fernsehen RAI ; im Auftrag des WDR ; Produzent, Peter Märthesheimer ; ein Film von Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Video/Projected medium
Blu-ray special edition.
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
4 videodiscs (902 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (47 pages ; 17 cm).


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  • 4 3/4 in. color
  • stamping rdapm
Summary note
After spending four years in prison for killing his girlfriend, lumbering man-child Franz Biberkopf is finally released back into society. He wants to stay honest now he has left jail, but it is tough in the Alexanderplatz section of Berlin. After failing to succeed in several 'regular' jobs, he falls in with some old cohorts and an on-again, off-again association with thugs. Post-war society is crumbling, and it appears that nothing will bring it back. Originally made for television, Berlin Alexanderplatz is a prototype for the modern long-form drama, grandfather to Tony and the Sopranos.
  • Title from screen.
  • Originally broadcast as a mini-series on German television from October 12-December 29, 1980.
  • Based on novel by Alfred Döblin.
  • Aspect ratio, 1.37:1.
  • High definition digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger.
  • Special features: Two documentaries by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one from 2007 featuring interviews with the cast and crew, the other from 2006 on the restoration; Hans-Dieter Hartl's 1980 documentary Notes on the making of "Berlin Alexanderplatz"; Phil Jutzi's 1931 feature film of Alfred Döblin's novel, from a screenplay written by Döblin; interview with Peter Jelavich, author of Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, film, and the death of Weimar culture.
  • Booklet includes: chapter titles [for film]; cast and credits; "He who lives in a human skin" by Tom Tykwer; "The cities of humanity and the human soul: some unorganized thoughts on Alfred Döblin's novel Berlin Alexanderplatz" by Rainer Werner Fassbinder; "You've no right to exist, you shall not be: on Alfred Döblin and his novel Berlin Alexanderplatz" by Thomas Steinfeld; "Black and white in color: a conversation with director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger; About the transfer.
Creation/​Production credits
Cinematography, Xaver Schwarzenberger, Josef Vavra ; editing, Julianne Lorenz, Franz Walsch, Frieda Ketterer ; music, Peer Raben.
System details
Blu-ray; region A; DTS-HD master audio 1.0; requires Blu-ray player.
Günter Lamprecht (Franz Biberkopf), Hanna Schygulla (Eva), Karlheinz Braun (Löwenhund), Claus Holm (Wirt), Franz Buchrieser (Gottfried Meck), Brigitte Mira (Frau Bast), Roger Fritz (Herbert), Gottfried John (Reinhold Hoffmann), Barbara Sukowa (Mieze), Günther Kaufman (Theo), Ivan Desny (Pums), Volker Spengler (Bruno), Vitus Zeplichal (Rudi), Barbara Valentin (Ida).
Language note
German dialogue; optional English subtitles.
Other title(s)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (Television program)
Subtitle on container
  • Film in 13 parts & an epilogue by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • 9781681435510
  • 1681435519
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Universal Product Code
  • 715515226417
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