Tuesday, 28 October 2008

first look: berlin alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

"Amazing! One of the most riveting and sheerly alive films ever made. [Actor] Gunter Lamprecht is beyond praise" Newsweek

"The work of a genuine master with nothing left to lose or hide." Time Out

A truly rare, once in a lifetime cinematic event, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Goethe Institute present Werner Fassbinder's dissection of Berlin (low)life between the wars, Berlin Alexanderplatz.

A monumentally ambitious 893 minute opus, Berlin Alexanderplatz is undeniable genius. While more commonly screened as a television series, the work is cinematically forged, as the story unfolds as one great and remarkably compelling story arch, as opposed to a traditional serialisation.

Fresh out of jail and trying to go straight, lead character Franz finds 1920s Berlin teeming with temptations and betrayal. This dramatic panorama of a decadent Weimar Republic lurching toward the Third Reich is littered with broken lives lifted from the pages of Alfred Döblin's celebrated novel and made flesh by a who's who of New German Cinema actors. 

ACMI Film Programmer, Amree Hewitt, says the screening is a must-see, not only because of the quality of Fassbinders work, but also because screenings are incredibly rare.

"Berlin Alexanderplatz is a momumental achievement, a true masterwork of Rainer Werner Fassbinders directorial career," said Amree.

"This is the first time the film will be seen on 35mm film in a brand new restoration, which is a labour of love from the Fassbinder Foundation in Germany, who have worked with the original 16mm film components to create this definitive exhibition print. Only available to cultural institutions, it plays at ACMI in two of only 4 rare screenings allowed in Australia."

Screening nightly over five nights November 20 - 24, or over two marathon days on the weekend of November 29 - 30, this is a rare, once in a lifetime chance to see the longest narrative film ever made on the big screen!

15 and ½ hours of entirely remastered 35mm print (Originally shot on 16mm for television)

Berlin Alexanderplatz will screen in its entirety in two ways:
Screening 1: over 5 consecutive nights, Thursday 20 - Monday 24 November
Screening 2: two extended weekend sessions, Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 November

For session information, click here

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 13 parts & 1 Epilogue: 893 mins, Germany, 1979/80, 35mm, German with English subtitles 

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
[email] claire.butler@acmi.net.au  
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