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Berlin Alexanderplatz: Season 1 (1980)



Critic Consensus: Rainer Werner Fassbinder's mammoth-length passion project demands a lot of patience, but viewers willing to take the plunge into this dense character study will emerge feeling like they've truly walked in the shoes of another person.


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Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 14-part adaptation of Alfred Doblin's 1929 novel about the German soul was considered by many critics to be the controversial director's crowning achievement. Made for German television, the series examines the seeds of Nazism through the character of a released convict who gradually becomes alienated from post-WWI German society.


Critic Reviews for Berlin Alexanderplatz: Season 1

All Critics (33)

The film seems blowsy and distended, without the book's roller-coaster soarings and plummetings, without Franz's pain and Berlin's bleak desperation.

August 19, 2020 | Full Review…

While the material is accessible, the style of presentation is pure Fassbinder: Rigid direction that reduces the actors to elements in the decor; sickeningly lush camerawork.

August 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Berlin Alexanderplatz is not film as history lesson; it is film as combined time machine and mind-meld, placing viewers directly into the brain of the luckless Franz.

August 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite its small-screen beginnings, Fassbinder's incisive grasp of the milieu and themes, wonderful cinematography and pitch perfect acting make Alexanderplatz his undisputed masterpiece.

August 19, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One of the most fascinating and best-accomplished projects in recent film history. [Full review in Spanish]

March 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Berlin Alexanderplatz reveals Fassbinder at the height of his powers. Every classic Fassbinder trick is here, the odd lighting effects, the moist photography, the stylized staging, and the stupendous acting, most notably from Günter Lamprecht.

August 20, 2020 | Full Review…

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