Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1980) / Region 1
Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Criterion Collection

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Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Criterion Collection

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's wildly controversial fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Doblin's great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age thirty-four, had already made forty films. Fassbinder's immersive epic, restored in 2006 and available on DVD in this country for the first time, follows the hulking, violent, yet strangely childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Gunter Lamprecht) as he attempts to "become an honest soul" amidst 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 22 2007
  • Production Year 1980
  • Empire SKU 1363406
  • UPC Code 715515026529
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 7
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Two new documentaries by Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one featuring interviews with the cast and crew (on disc six), the other on the restoration
Hans-Dieter Hartl's 1980 documentary Notes On The Making Of Berlin Alexanderplatz
Phil Jutzi's 1931, ninety-minute film of Alfred Doblin's novel, from a screenplay co-written by Doblin himself
New video interview with Peter Jelavich, author of Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, And The Death Of Weimar Culture
Plus: A book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tukwer, reflections from Fassbinder, an interview with Schwarzenberger, and German author Thomas Steinfeld on the novel


  • Audio
    German Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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