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, remastered by the Goethe-Institut in 2007, follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to "become an honest soul" amid the corrosive urban landscape of 1920s 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. The 14-part miniseries was originally broadcast in 1980 and will be shown over the next months at the Goethe-Institut South Africa’s monthly film screenings.
German with English subtitles.
Please RSVP to JOH-Learngerman@goethe.de by 23 August 2019.