Berlin-Alexanderplatz (1931 film)

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Directed by Phil Jutzi
Produced by Arnold Pressburger
William A. Szekeley
Written by Alfred Döblin
Karlheinz Martin
Hans Wilhelm
Starring Heinrich George
Maria Bard
Margarete Schlegel
Music by Allan Gray
Cinematography Nicolas Farkas
Erich Giese
Edited by Geza Pollatschik
Distributed by Süd-Film
Release date
8 October 1931
Running time
90 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Berlin-Alexanderplatz or The Story of Franz Biberkopfs (German: Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs) is a 1931 German drama film directed by Phil Jutzi and starring Heinrich George, Maria Bard and Margarete Schlegel. It was adapted from the novel of the same title by Alfred Döblin, who also co-wrote the screenplay.


George portrays a blue collar Berliner and small-time criminal recently released from prison who finds himself being drawn into the Berlin underworld of the 1920s after his prostitute lover is murdered.

"Yet, despite social upheaval, .......... the good among the working class still prove able to live an honest and decent life."[1]


It was filmed on various locations around Berlin including the Alexanderplatz. Jutzi cut out much of the novel's complex story, preferring to focus on just one character.[2]



  1. ^ Phillips, Carson. "Berlin Alexanderplatz: the story of Franz Biberkopfs" (PDF). Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Reimer Reimer p.167


  • Murray, Bruce Arthur. Film and the German Left in the Weimar Republic: From Caligari to Kuhle Wampe. University of Texas Press, 1990.
  • Reimer, Robert C. & Reimer, Carol J. The A to Z of German Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2010.

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