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Name: CRITERION COLLECTION
Number: CRRN2994BR

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (CRITERION COLLECTION / 4 DISC SET)(1980) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Gunter Lamprecht, Barbara Sukowa, Karin Baal
Directed By:  Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, fifteen-hour 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 over thirty films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic 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.

SPECIAL FEATURES
High-definition digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
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-length film of Alfred Döblin’s novel, from a screenplay cowritten by Döblin himself
Interview from 2007 with Peter Jelavich, author of “Berlin Alexanderplatz”: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture
PLUS: A book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections on the novel by Fassbinder and author Thomas Steinfeld, and an interview with Schwarzenberger
Cover by Eric Skillman

RUN TIME: 902 minutes
COLOR: Color
ASPECT RATIO: 1.37:1
LANGUAGE: German
SUBTITLES: ENG
GENRE: Drama, Foreign-German

  
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