Berlin Alexanderplatz Introduced By Barbara Sukowa

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* Saturday, November 12th at 4pm | Berlin Alexanderplatz: Pt 1-3:
* Sunday, November 13th at 1pm | Berlin Alexanderplatz: Pt 4-7:

Widely considered his greatest achievement, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz returns in a meticulous restoration that makes this more than an event — it's an imperative. German theatre and film actor Barbara Sukowa will introduce Parts 1-7 of Fassbinder's magnus opus.

An epic rendering of Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel of Weimar Berlin, Berlin Alexanderplatz was long Fassbinder's dream project: "Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz is embedded in my mind, my flesh, my body as a whole, and my soul," he said. In the mountainous ex-con protagonist Franz Biberkopf — incarnated by Günter Lamprecht in a performance that "virtually obliterates the rhetorical barriers between acting and being" (Sarris) — Fassbinder found an image of himself, a true alter ego. (The director had previously used Biberkopf's name for several characters in his previous films.)

Fassbinder rarely revealed as much tenderness as he did in his portrayal of Franz's struggle to go straight after being released from prison, as he is pulled between the embodiments of Good (Barbara Sukowa's angelic Mieze) and Evil (Gottfried John's demonic criminal Reinhold). Offering some of the most memorable characters and greatest acting in all of cinema, Berlin Alexanderplatz is the summa and summit of Fassbinder's career.
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