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.
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While I definitely get credit for watching this monstrosity, I cannot tell you a single thing about it. I rented all 17 parts, and just sat there. When I was in Berlin I went to Berlin Alexanderplatz station. So I definitely get credit for this movie.
The running time had me putting this off for years but I just had to watch like tv (like germans did when it aired on public tv on 1980!) Every episode with either big moments are small moments is perfect in its own way. Lamprecht, John, Sukowa, and Schygulla are all amazing. The final 2 hr fantasy epilogue is so good, I wanted to start the whole thing over again. One of the greatest films ever made.
It is rarely so clear as during the epilogue's hallucinatory slaughterhouse sequence, as Franz is tortured and Mieze exsanguinated while Fassbinder himself looks on with two angels; as the guiding wires of the director's great homage converge on autobiography and eulogy; as the witness's vocabulary commits the crime of an interior, rarely is it ever so clear: this is one of cinema's absolute moments.
one of the best experiences one person can have with cinema and/or tv in this case. fassbinder did not know how to make bad films. his vision is so unbending and every frame is a masterpiece, a new piece of modern art. the acting is as good as it has ever been, hanna schygulla is a ghostly presence. i do not know how to recommend this one enough.
Si hay una obra que resuma todo lo oscuro del ser humano, Fassbinder la ha dirigido. Pocas obras fílmicas pertenecen a este nivel casi sobrenatural en donde la miseria humana se sublima con la fantasía. Obra maestra inconmensurable.