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Hell boy

Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz at the ICA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 18, 2008
3.5 3.5 Stars

Fassbinder’s world of lurid emphasis is strong drink — his characters rail at the heavens, spittle flies at every dramatic turn, and the actors often play to the silent-era cheap seats — and Berlin Alexanderplatz is such an immense manifestation of its maker’s sensibility, no one can be surprised to learn that, as the largest chunk of the almost 23 hours of film Fassbinder finished in his last three years, it did its part in killing him. If you are not an unqualified RWF acolyte, then think of this mammoth not as an auteurist explosion but as a troubled country’s troubled dream about itself.

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