Berlin-Alexanderplatz (1931 film)

Berlin-Alexanderplatz or The Story of Franz Biberkopf (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.

Directed byPhil Jutzi
Produced by
Written by
Music byAllan Gray
Edited byGeza Pollatschik
Distributed bySüd-Film
Release date
  • 8 October 1931 (1931-10-08)
Running time
90 minutes


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 Biberkopf" (PDF). Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  2. Reimer & Reimer p. 167


  • Murray, Bruce Arthur (1990). Film and the German Left in the Weimar Republic: From Caligari to Kuhle Wampe. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-72465-5.
  • Reimer, Robert C.; Reimer, Carol J. (2010). The A to Z of German Cinema. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-7611-8.

Further reading

  • Slugan, Mario (2017). Montage as Perceptual Experience: Berlin Alexanderplatz from Döblin to Fassbinder. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 978-1-64014-005-9.
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