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Berlin Alexanderplatz 1979-80 Ages 15+ | Free


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An epic retelling of Alfred Döblin's eponymous novel about an ex-convict trying to become an honest soul in Weimar-era Germany, 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' is one of the seminal achievements of Fassbinder's career. The series will be presented in five parts over three days in this extremely rare theatrical screening.

'Berlin Alexanderplatz' is Fassbinder's magnum opus, an immersive epic chronicling the downfall of an ex-con during the declining days of the Weimar Republic. When Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) is released from prison after killing his lover in a fit of passion, he is determined to "become an honest soul." But as he struggles to find work and his sinister best friend Reinhold (Gottfried John) reappears to wreak havoc, Biberkopf finds himself slipping back into the underworld. As the tide of Nazism rises, the inescapable poverty, crime, and violence on the streets of Berlin sets Biberkopf's descent into motion, reaching a fever pitch in a two-hour epilogue of phantasmagoria.

This screening is for Ages 15+.

Find a full list of screenings during the first part of a major retrospective of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the QAGOMA website here: https://goo.gl/fNkC5t.