Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Berlin Alexanderplatz ..
Shop online; New arrivals; Best. The restoration of Berlin Alexanderplatz is a project of Bavaria Media in association with the Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Berlin Alexanderplatz.
Berlin Alexanderplatz - A Visual Essay by Daniel ..
The controversial series split the nation when it aired on TV here with its dark, gritty and unforgiving portrayal of the hardships of life.
Overseeing the restoration will be the production's original director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger; Dieter Minx, who served as production manager of the series; and Juliane Lorenz, the pic's editor and current president of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.
Backing the ambitious project are cultural subsidy and promotional orgs Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Filmstiftung NRW, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and German Films, with the support of the Museum of Modern Art New York and the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.
Postproduction specialists Arri and Cinepostproduction are carrying out the digital remastering of the series using 2K scan procedure and digital frame-by-frame retouching to ready "Berlin Alexanderplatz" for its DVD and High Definition distribution as well as for special festival and event screenings.
The restoration process will be finished in early 2007, marking the 25th anniversary of FassbinderÂ´s death.
When the film was first broadcast on the German state-funded television channel WDR in December 1980, most people did not see what Fassbinder was trying to show them. It wasn’t that they couldn’t understand the film, but that they literally could not see it: as Klaus Biesenbach points out in his essay opening this book, the shots were too dark, too low lit, to be visible on the television sets then available. This technical difficulty, conjoined with the film’s violence and explicit sexuality, not to mention its length as a mini-series, doomed the production to little popular success at the time. In 2007, on the 25th anniversary of Fassbinder’s death, the Fassbinder Foundation (with the German Cultural Institute) released a restored 35mm print of the film. As well, they released Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz, a valuable addition to the study and appreciation of this film and its maker.