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Lecture and Discussion “Berlin Alexanderplatz: A Cinematic Journey”
November 19, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Hosted by University of North Texas
Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Presented by Dr. Christoph Weber, University of North Texas
Alfred Döblin’s literary masterpiece Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929) chronicles the struggles of the murderer Franz Biberkopf who is trying to lead an honest life after his release from prison. The novel’s unflinching depiction of Berlin’s criminal underworld amid the rise of National Socialism inspired three movie adaptations.
Phil Jutzi’s 1931 film Berlin Alexandplatz features the famous actor Heinrich George as Franz Biberkopf. In 1980, Rainer Werner Fassbinder turned the literary epic into a sprawling 14-part West German television miniseries which has garnered a cult following in Europe and the United States. Burhan Qurbani offers with his brand-new film Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020) a contemporary reimagination of Döblin’s classic novel: Francis, an undocumented immigrant from Guinea-Bissau, is seeking a fresh start in today’s Berlin where he comes in contact with Reinhold, a criminal drug dealer.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ZOOM LINK: https://unt.zoom.us/j/82328633897
Link to Piel Jutzi: “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (1931):
Link to Rainer Werner Fassbinder: “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (1980):
Links to the Movie Trailers of Burhan Qurbani’s version of “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (2020): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9nZFUgyclE