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#1 of 16 Jon Martin

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Posted February 09 2007 - 11:10 AM

I just got the new Criterion newsletter.

Does that little cartoon mean that they will be releasing Fassbinder's BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ?????

"Tour all of Berlin in 15 1/2 hours".

Sounds like it to me!!

#2 of 16 ted:r

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Posted February 09 2007 - 11:40 AM

i thought the same thing!
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#3 of 16 Brandon Conway

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Posted February 09 2007 - 11:55 AM

That's the only thing it can be.

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#4 of 16 Lars Vermundsberget

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Posted February 09 2007 - 12:25 PM

Mmmm - I think I'll buy that. Posted Image

#5 of 16 Oliver_Groth

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Posted February 10 2007 - 12:47 AM

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ has just been released on DVD in Germany (no English Subs). It's a new transfer (supervised by the Fassbinder Foundation), so it's highly likely that Criterion will release it as well.

#6 of 16 Haggai

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Posted February 10 2007 - 03:32 AM

Don't remember where it was from, but I know I've seen/heard that rumor for a while now, that Criterion would be releasing Berlin Alexanderplatz at some point. So I wasn't surprised when I saw that in the latest newsletter. It's probably been in the works for a while now.

#7 of 16 SteveGon

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Posted February 10 2007 - 04:42 AM

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#8 of 16 Brandon Conway

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Posted February 10 2007 - 06:56 AM

You know, the running time means that this will be a 5-6 disc set. I could see this release very easily being the Eclipse title for May.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#9 of 16 Jon Martin

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Posted February 11 2007 - 03:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Brandon Conway
You know, the running time means that this will be a 5-6 disc set. I could see this release very easily being the Eclipse title for May.

Would it be Eclipse or regular Criterion, as this is a pretty major film, and the Eclipse line was I thought geared more to the secondary titles. Not that it really matters.

And what would the price be for this? It is the equivalent of 7 or 8 films.

#10 of 16 Mark Zimmer

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Posted February 12 2007 - 02:46 AM

Yeah, this strikes me as an A title that fits into the Criterion line, not the Eclipse one.

#11 of 16 ChristianLiemke

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Posted February 22 2007 - 06:15 AM

From the Fassbinder Foundation:
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Berlin Alexanderplatz will be edited towards the end of 2007 with English subtitles by Criterion. We will post details as we learn about them.


#12 of 16 Lars Vermundsberget

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Posted February 22 2007 - 09:12 AM

What's the point of "will be edited"...?

#13 of 16 Brook K

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Posted February 23 2007 - 06:07 AM

I thought it was already common knowledge they were releasing it. I was hoping this was going to be out by the fall since the restoration is premiering soon at the Berlin Film Festival. It was supervised by cinematographer Xavier Schwartzenberg.

Hopefully the "will be edited by Criterion" is a garbled translation of will be released by Criterion toward the end of '07. Criterion isn't going to edit the film.

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Posted February 23 2007 - 06:21 AM

As a German, I can guarantee that it's a bad translation - in German, the same word is used for releasing and editor, hence "will be edited".

The premiere has already happened at the Berlinale. It was greeted by mixed reviews, mostly not for the movie, but for the presentation at the Volksbuehne where it was shown in a 35mm blow up. I own the german DVD, it looks better than it ever has, still the image has an overall softness that looks like the transfer was rather heavily filtered (due to it being filmed in 16mm, maybe they tried to remove grain). So, there's still room for improvement on the Criterion, if they don't have to use the same transfer.

#15 of 16 Lars Vermundsberget

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Posted February 23 2007 - 01:34 PM

So nothing to worry about, then... We should assume that the Criterion will be the best edition as usual...?

#16 of 16 Jon Hertzberg

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Posted February 26 2007 - 11:08 AM

MoMA is said to be hosting the North American Premiere of Berlin Alexanderplatz: Remastered from April 10-15, 2007. I don't know if this means that Criterion's edition will premiere soon after, or if there will be some lag time so that the print can circulate amongst other venues around the U.S. before a DVD release.





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