Gunter Lamprecht is astoundingly phenomenal as Franz Biberkopf and watching his life unfold is a surreal and addictive experience. however, i absolutely could not get into Mieze (the combination of the character's ill-fitting presence and Barbara Sukowa's performance both seemed too affected and self-aware to me) and i felt like the series lost a lot of its momentum and resolve there.
Berlin has a Franz problem. It ennobles and ossifies, glorifies and crucifies him. I suspect this is a Fass problem, whom it seems idolised the text's everyday banality and saw in it redemptive qualities. I can't see the same, in Fassbinder or this film, though moments of an individual crushed in (by) a city transcend. Crushing is about right, oppressive and brilliant, but in love with a horror I didn't want to see
This film has everything. it has been a while since something on a screen made me feel anger, ecstasy, and sadness all within its runtime, especially to such great degrees. If you love films then just watch it already, you are only hurting yourself the longer you wait.
This is a great wonderful film. I have been promising myself to see it for many years. Now I am at chapter 9, and loving every single minute of it. The mise en scene is magnificent, simple and beautifull, and the performances are amanazing. This one's from the heart, Rainer.
Fassbinder's sprawling 15 1/2-hour adaptation of Alfred Döblin's novel "Berlin Alexanderplatz" chronicles Franz Biberkopf's life whose prison release after serving time for killing his girlfriend is propelled in a spiraling descent of corruption and crime. Set in Alexanderplatz - Berlin's bustling urban center - during the years before the Nazi era, Biberkopf's story is entangled in a net of human folly and evil.
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.