BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980, restored version)
A TV mini-series by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
6 DVD9 | Art-House | 1.33:1 | Color | Original german version | English subtitles (hardcoded) | 910 min. (Feature) + 95 min. (Bonus)
6 dual-layer DVD images (.ISO) | Region 2 | ~7.5GB each | 200MB RARs | RS
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.