Film Series

June 05 - June 28, 2008
Berlin Alexanderplatz

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Personal anguish finds rich expression in Fassbinder's adaptation of Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel about Weimar Berlin. Shot in 16mm for broadcast on German television, Fassbinder's 15-plus-hour film is divided into 13 episodes with an epilogue that revisits Berlin Alexanderplatz's disintegrating world. The epic film follows Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he is released from prison and makes his way through the violent and impoverished city. SFMOMA is pleased to join the Pacific Film Archive and the Goethe-Institut in presenting the West Coast premiere of Fassbinder's epic. In German with English subtitles.

$10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at SFMOMA (no surcharge) or online.

Film at SFMOMA is generously supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

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Past

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980
Parts 1-3, 199 min.

Part 1: The Punishment Begins
Part 2: How Is One to Live If One Doesn't Want to Die
Part 3: A Hammer Blow on the Head Can Injure the Soul

Personal anguish finds rich expression in…

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Buy tickets Program 1
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980
Parts 1-3, 199 min.

Part 1: The Punishment Begins
Part 2: How Is One to Live If One Doesn't Want to Die
Part 3: A Hammer Blow on the Head Can Injure the Soul

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Buy tickets Program 2
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980
Parts 4-7, 240 min.

Part 4: A Handful of People in the Depths of Silence
Part 5: A Grim Reaper with Powers from Almighty God
Part 6: Love Has Its Price
Part 7: Remember: An Oath Can Be Amputated

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980
Parts 4-7, 240 min.

Part 4: A Handful of People in the Depths of Silence
Part 5: A Grim Reaper with Powers from Almighty God
Part 6: Love Has Its Price
Part 7: Remember: An Oath Can Be Amputated

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980
Parts 8-11, 240 min.

Part 8: The Sun Warms the Skin but Burns It Sometimes, Too
Part 9: About the Eternities between the Many and Few
Part 10: Loneliness Tears Cracks of Madness Even in Walls
Part 11:

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980
Parts 8-11, 240 min.

Part 8: The Sun Warms the Skin but Burns It Sometimes, Too
Part 9: About the Eternities between the Many and Few
Part 10: Loneliness Tears Cracks of Madness Even in Walls
Part 11:

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980
Parts 12-13 and Epilogue, 240 min.

Part 12: The Serpent in the Soul of the Serpent
Part 13: The Outside and the Inside and the Secret of Fear of Fear
Epilogue: The Death of a Child and the Birth of a Worthwhile Human

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980
Parts 12-13 and Epilogue, 240 min.

Part 12: The Serpent in the Soul of the Serpent
Part 13: The Outside and the Inside and the Secret of Fear of Fear
Epilogue: The Death of a Child and the Birth of a Worthwhile Human

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