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Described by Andrew Sarris as ‘the Mount Everest of modern cinema’, this epic TV series was the result of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s lifelong obsession with Alfred Döblin’s great city novel, bringing to life the twilight years of the Weimar Republic.
Günter Lamprecht gives a stupendous performance as Franz Biberkopf, released from jail into a Berlin blighted by mass unemployment. Determined to live an honest life, he is helped and hindered by fellow Berliners, including Reinhold (Gottfried John), his sinister best friend, and Mieze (Barbara Sukowa), the love of his life.
Fassbinder’s masterpiece offers a complex, credible account of the circumstances which led ordinary Germans to embrace National Socialism. Absorbing and addictive, this is long-form drama at its most ambitious.