Berlin Alexanderplatz

Season 1

Episode 14 · My Dream of the Dream of Franz Biberkopf by Alfred Döblin, An Epilogue · 1 hr 52 min

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In a fantasy sequence, Franz walks along a street of the dead with two angels. He finds Mieze, but she disappears from his arms. Reinhold is in prison for the crimes committed by a man whose identity he has acquired. He is anguished that his cellmate and lover is being released. Franz is taken to an asylum. Much of the rest of the episode takes place in his imagination. Franz’s being run over by the car is re-enacted with different characters taking on the roles of victim and driver. In a striking sequence, Franz and Mieze are treated like animals being slaughtered in an abattoir. On a nativity set Franz is raised on a cross as the other characters watch. An atom bomb goes off in the background and the angels clear the dead. The surreal imagery ceases suddenly and Franz is at Reinhold’s trial testifying to his good character. Reinhold is given ten years for manslaughter. Eva tells Franz she has lost the baby. The film concludes with Franz as an assistant gatekeeper at a factory. He is alert to his job but not to what is going on in the world as war is on the horizon.
Release Date
December 29, 1980

Cast of Berlin Alexanderplatz

Günter LamprechtFranz Biberkopf
Gottfried JohnReinhold Hoffmann
Brigitte MiraFrau Bast
Franz BuchrieserGottfried Meck
Klaus HöhneInvalide
Jürgen DraegerWürstchenverkäufer
Hark BohmLüders
Hans-Michael RehbergKommissar der Mordkommission
Elma KarlowaFrau Greiner
Hermann LauseVersicherungsmann

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