Berlin Alexanderplatz: Remastered

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder /
  • 1980 /
  • 140 mins

Günter Lamprecht, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Karin Baal, Franz Buchrieser, Peter Kollek, Brigitte Mira, Mechthild Grossmann / Fiction

A mighty, epic work from one of the great visionaries of 20th century cinema.

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Screening 1: 16th - 22nd August
Screening 2: 25 - 16th August

Though frequently rated as one of the greatest films ever made, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's vast adaptation of the novel by Alfred Döblin has rarely been available to view in its entirety - even if you did have 15 1/2 hours to spare. We are delighted to present the new, fully remastered 35mm print: an unforgettable big-screen experience. Berlin Alexanderplatz was perhaps the definitive work of Fassbinder's brief but intensely productive career, encapsulating many of the themes of social conflict, violence, rejection and attraction that haunt his other work. Fassbinder first read Döblin's novel in his teens, and would later note, 'It helped me to survive.' The story centres on Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht), a man possessed of good qualities but vulnerable to his own appetites. Released from prison for killing his girlfriend, Franz enters a new relationship with Lina (Elisabeth Trissenaar), who inspires him to embrace a decent life; but their efforts to establish a stable existence together prove disastrous, and betrayal lurks around every corner. Franz is then drawn into a destructive friendship with petty criminal Reinhold (Gottfried John), which further challenges his frail sense of morality. Prepare for a thoroughly absorbing, extraordinarily ambitious journey through between-the-wars German history - a unique portrait of a man and a country both damaged by conflict and drawn to decadence.

We acknowledge the generous support of FFF Bayern and Bavaria Film Inernational.

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