Berlin Alexanderplatz Remastered

<i>Berlin Alexanderplatz</i> Remastered

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Tue., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Wed., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Thu., Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Sat., Sept. 17, 1 & 6:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 18, 1 & 6:30 p.m. 2016
free–$12

Location Info:

MOMA, Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
11 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY  10020
212-708-9480
Really long movies can feel like alternate realities, but Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1980 magnum opus, Berlin Alexanderplatz — a famous, looming monster running fifteen-plus hours — is more like a near-endless descent into an already-hellish Weimar Germany, where the women are bawling trash, the men are lurking hyenas, and the newly modern world is a combustion engine run on souls. What happens is like the slo-mo footage of a fatal car wreck: Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht), a bullish, dim lug of a man, is released from a prison stint for manslaughter and thrust back into his old life of pimping and violence, photographed in the ocher haze of an opium den. "The Punishment Begins" is the opening-chapter title; from there, it's clear that Biberkopf is unhinging, and as his struggle to stay honest and happy becomes truly hopeless, the film takes on the aura of a saintly tribulation. It's so doggedly crushing, you can only imagine how much it helped kill Fassbinder, less than two years later. Newly remastered, the work screens here on actual 35mm.
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