Berlin Alexanderplatz Film Still

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

 
Berlin Alexanderplatz (Criterion DVD)

DVD

7 Discs

SRP: $124.95

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  • Germany
  • 1980
  • 940 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • German
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  • Spine #411

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. Fassbinder’s immersive epic, restored in 2006 and now available on DVD in this country for the first time, 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.

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION SEVEN-DISC SET:

  • New high-definition digital transfer from the 2006 restoration by the Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger
  • Two new documentaries by Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one featuring interviews with the cast and crew, 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 Döblin’s novel, from a screenplay co-written by Döblin himself
  • New video interview with Peter Jelavich, author of Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections from Fassbinder, an interview with Schwarzenberger, and German author Thomas Steinfeld on the novel

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Berlin Alexanderplatz: He Who Lives in a Human Skin

By Tom Tykwer November 12, 2007

I The Anti–Television Film “To listen to this, and to meditate on it, will be of benefit to many who, like Franz Biberkopf, live in a human skin, and, like this Franz Biberkopf, ask more of life . . . Read more »

Clippings

The State of Criterion’s Art

March 04, 2010

Our own Eric Skillman, who has crafted the covers for numerous releases over the years (including Red Beard, Yi Yi, The Bad Sleep Well, Berlin Alexanderplatz, the recent Revanche, and so many . . . Read more »


On Five

Designing Berlin Alexanderplatz

By Eric Skillman January 09, 2008

Appropriately for Fassbinder’s fifteen-hour masterpiece, the process of coming up with a design for Berlin Alexanderplatz was epic. With a monumental film like this, there’s obviously no . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Berlin Alexanderplatz: He Who Lives in a Human Skin

By Tom Tykwer November 12, 2007

I The Anti–Television Film “To listen to this, and to meditate on it, will be of benefit to many who, like Franz Biberkopf, live in a human skin, and, like this Franz Biberkopf, ask more of life . . . Read more »


On Five

Reality at 25/24 Frames per Second

By Peter Becker September 12, 2007

Here’s a Criterion discussion that won’t die. It has to do with Berlin Alexanderplatz, and it came up again this week, thanks to a couple of customers writing in. We were standing there in a . . . Read more »


On Five

WWRWFD?

By Issa Clubb June 19, 2007

One of the blessings (and curses) of working at Criterion is that every film we put out inspires a passionate response from someone, somewhere. Knowing how deeply people feel about a movie as I’ . . . Read more »


On Five

Blogged Down

By Peter Becker February 21, 2007

It was bound to happen. After a good start for the blog, a quiet stretch. The year has gotten off to a busy start. Every minute there seems to be a meeting with a new player about a new . . . Read more »