|a6 videodiscs (1005 min.) :|bsd., col. ;|c4 3/4 in.
|aBased on Alfred Doblin's novel, set in pre-Nazi Berlin.
|aWriter and director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ; cinematography, Xaver Schwarzenberger, Josef Vavra ; art director, Harry Baer ; editors, Julianne Lorenz ... [et al].
|aGunter Lamprecht (Franz Biberkopf), Hanna Schygulla (Eva), Barbara Sukowa (Mieze), Gottfried John (Reinhold), Ivan Desny (Pums).
|aOriginally produced as motion picture for television in 1979-1980. Issued in 13 parts and an epilogue.
|aStory of Franz Biberkof, a former transportation worker. When we first see Franz, he has just been released from prison where he has served four years for an irrational act of violence. He returns to his Berlin neighborhood resolved to go straight but forces in his environment, the influences of his cronies, the grinding poverty, the decay of society overwhelm him and he begins his duel with fate.