Berlin-Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf


Crime / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.7 10 541


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Reviewed by zetes 7 / 10 / 10

On DVD, the Criterion Berlin Alexanderplatz set, disc 7

Located on disc 7, the extras disc, of the new Criterion Berlin Alexanderplatz set. This is well worth seeing if you've just gotten your way through the 15.5 hour version. There's also a 23 minute long lecture on the original Alfred Döblin novel and its adaptations over the years that is a must-see, as it helps put it all into perspective. If not for the inevitable spoilers, I'd almost recommend watching that extra before you attempt either the film or the series. This original film, adapted with the help of the novelist, is apparently quite different from the novel, to which the Fassbinder series sticks pretty closely. The character of Franz Biberkopf is much more likable here. He's still kind of dumb, but he's not strictly to blame for the ills that befall him and those around him. This was because the star of the film, Heinrich George (Metropolis), probably didn't want to be depicted as an unthinking jerk. It's amazing that the writers are able to whittle the enormous plot into an 83 minute film, and for the most part, I was enjoying it. It's just when the character of Mieze is introduced that it begins to fall apart. She just shows up too fast, and doesn't have time to win the audience's affection. She almost feels like an afterthought here. I did think Maria Bard was very good as Cilly (who is a composite of all of Biberkopf's girlfriends up to Mieze, including Eva).

Reviewed by prolaroid 8 / 10 / 10


anagramm14 from Switzerland writes: "and there isn't a single phone call in the plot". – Well, actually there is a phone call, when Henschke, the bar keep, calls Cilly, who has gone uptown to the West, to inform her that Franz is back from the hospital. However, there is another observation to be made. Throughout the film You see – among the advertisements in general – beer advertisement for only one Berlin brewery: Berliner Kindl. It is remarkable in so far, as another brewery, Schultheiss, at that time one of the largest brewing companies worldwide, and located in Berlin, is completely absent from the images, which cannot possibly have happened by chance. Even today You cannot walk the street of Berlin for more than five minutes without passing a Schultheiss-sign. Another Berlin film of the same year (1931) which features extensive footage of the contemporary Berlin, Emil und die Detektive (Emil and the Detectives), shows also only Berliner Kindl beer ads, a fact that leads me to the theory, that Berliner Kindl had effectively placed their logo in important films of the time and saw to it, that their number one competitor, Schultheiss, was not visible.

Reviewed by g-moff 8 / 10 / 10

How to shrink a classic novel into 90 minutes and get away with it quite well

Döblin's Berlin, Alexanderplatz is probably a not filmable book anyway. F.e. all the kaleidoscopic elements he has been using like ad slogans, newspaper articles, multiple points of view etc etc etc are really hard to transfer into a movie. Well, it's expressionistic. And definitely outstanding. RW Fassbinder developed a 13-hour-series (plus a rather personal and debatable epilogue) from the material which imho was partly brilliant and partly awfully boring. Of course, the characters had much room to develop here. Whatever, it seems to have gained 'cult' status in some circles. This movie is quite the opposite. It has condensed the original story to a 90-minute-piece which works surprisingly well. Döblin helped with the script, the movie is fast-paced but gets the basic idea of the book. Or better, of it's main character Biberkopf (and also his opponent Reinhold). So, I recommend watching this as at least a comparison to the RWF series. The shots of 1931 Berlin alone make it worthwhile, they add an 'authentic' effect and even Zeitgeist to it (the novel had been published just two years before). That was something the RWF version (shot in 1979) could never really provide.

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