Seminal Image #795


Berlin Alexanderplatz
(Rainer Werner Fassbinder; 1980)

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katia said...

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz” Among numerous semantic whirlpools to which Fassbinder’s film exposes the viewers – the relationship between Franz and Reinhold is the most intriguing and intellectually challenging, even more than Franz’ relationship with Eva, Mieze, Lina or Meck, his resistance to participate in workers’ politico-economic struggle, his “political conservatism”, his “idealism” or history of his “moral” struggle with himself, and many other topics, issues and enigmas. The film becomes more and more relevant to the situation in US in the beginning of 21st century when mass pauperization of population (becoming less and less liberally educated) helps to reduce psychological life to basic archetypes of feelings and thinking. Fassbinder demonstrates that these “Biblical” archetypes of perception of the world and behavior are still very far from being understood as they form and express themselves in an atmosphere of psycho-cultural fascization characteristic of the 1920’s when the events of “Berlin Alexanderplatz” takes place. Please, visit www.actingoutpolitics.com to read the article about this film (with analysis of shots), and also essays about other Fassbinder’s films, and also films by Godard, Bergman, Resnais, Bunuel, Bresson, Kurosawa, Antonioni, Pasolini, Cavani, Bertolucci, Alain Tanner and Moshe Mizrahi.
By Victor Enyutin