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Title Berlin Alexanderplatz [(DVD) videorecording] / Bavaria Film, Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation prasentieren ; [produced by] Peter Marthesheimer[and others] ; [written and directed] von Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Publication Info. Irvington, N.Y. : Criterion Collection, [2007]
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Description 7 videodiscs (940 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (71 pages ; illustrations, color ; 19 cm)
Series Criterion collection ; 411.
System Details DVD, region 1; Dolby digital mono., Standard format (4:3), remastered.
Language In German, with optional English subtitles.
Cast Gunter Lamprecht, Karlheinz Braun, Hanna Schygulla, Claus Holm, Franz Buchrieser, Gottfried John, Barbara Sukowa, Gunther Kaufman, Ivan Desny.
Credits Cinematography, Xaver Schwarzenberger, Josef Vavra ; art director, Harry Baer ; editor, Julianne Lorenz ; costume design, Barbara Baum
Note Based on the novel : Berlin Alexanderplatz / by Alfred Doblin.
"A film in 13 parts & an epilogue."--Container.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1979. Shown as a 14-episode television program in 1980.
"Under exclusive license from Bavaria Media GmbH." --- Container
Program notes on container insert include an essay "He who lives in a human skin" by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, "The cities of humanity and the human soul" reflections by Fassbinder on Doblin's novel, an essay "You've no right to exist" by German author Thomas Steinfeld on the novel, "Black and white in color" an interview with Schwarzenberger, film chapter titles, and notes on the digital transfer process.
Special features (disc 6): "Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz" documentary on the making of the film by Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz, featuring interviews with cast and crew (66 min.).
Special features (disc 7): "Notes on the Making of 'Berlin Alexanderplatz'" Hans-Dieter Hartl's 1980 documentary (44 min.) ; "Berlin Alexanderplatz remastered" notes on the restoration (32 min.) ; "Berlin Alexanderplatz" 1931 film adaptation of the novel from a screenplay co-written by the author himself (84 min.); Interview with author and Berlin Alexanderplatz scholar Peter Jelavich.
For specific features see interactive menu.
Summary Story of Franz Biberkof, a former transportation worker. Newly-released from prison where he has served four years for an irrational act of violence, he returns to his Berlin neighborhood resolved to go straight. However, the influences of local cronies, grinding poverty, and the apparent decay of society begin to overwhelm him.
Contents Disc 1. Part I, The punishment begins ; Part II, How is one to live if one doesn't want to die? -- Disc 2. Part III, A hammer blow to the head can injure the soul ; Part IV, A handful of people in the depths of silence ; Part V, A reaper with the power of our lord -- Disc 3. Parts VI, Love has its price ; Part VII, Remember- an oath can be amputated ; Part VIII, The suns warms the skin, but burns it sometimes too -- Disc 4. Part IX, About the eternities between the many and the few ; Part X, Loneliness tears cracks of madness even in walls ; Part XI, Knowledge is power and the early bird catches the worm -- Disc 5. Parts XII, The serpent in the soul of the serpent ; Part XIII, The outside and the inside and the secret of fear of the secret -- Disc 6. Epilogue.
Subject Berlin (Germany) -- Moral conditions -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Germany -- History -- 1918-1933 -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Genre Feature films Germany.
Motion pictures, German.
Television mini-series Germany.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Fassbinder, Rainer Werner, 1945-1982.
Lamprecht, Günter, 1930-
Braun, Karlheinz, 1932-
Schygulla, Hanna, 1943-
Holm, Claus, 1918-1996.
Buchrieser, Franz, 1937-
John, Gottfried, 1942-2014.
Sukowa, Barbara, 1950-
Kaufman, Günther, 1947-
Desny, Ivan.
Döblin, Alfred, 1878-1957.
Lorenz, Juliane.
Hartl, Hans-Dieter.
Jelavich, Peter.
Added Title Berlin Alexanderplatz (Television program)
ISBN 1934121983
Standard No. 715515026529
Music No. CC1719D Criterion Collection
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