The monumental film Berlin Alexanderplatz that Rainer Werner Fassbinder made for television is based on Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel. The film consists of thirteen episodes and an epilogue. It runs to fifteen hours and thirty-nine minutes. When it was first screened in Germany in 1980, it triggered heated debates and gained international recognition as one of the film masterpieces of the past decades. A meticulously restored 35-mm version of Berlin Alexanderplatz Remastered will be presented to the public at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2007 from 10 am at Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Numerous actors will be present.
One month later, on March 17, 2007, the exhibition Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz – An Exhibition will open at KW Institute for Contemporary Art. The show will present this unusual and fascinating work in a way that enables visitors to choose their own mode of approach. In fourteen separate rooms, the episodes and the epilogue of Berlin Alexanderplatz will be screened in permanent loop. In addition, all the episodes will be shown in chronological order and full length on a central big screen. Visitors can thus decide how they approach Berlin Alexanderplatz: they can divide its unusual length up into pieces, watch episodes several times, or return to the exhibition whenever they like.
The exhibition also presents stills from the film’s 224 scenes. A further, highly personal document are the tapes on which Fassbinder himself recorded his script for the film and which have never previously been made accessible to the public.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (in German; English edition planned; approx. 600 pages), edited by Klaus Biesenbach, with essays by Susan Sontag and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art