Berlin Alexanderplatz ★★★

I loved the direction. Fassbinder's unexpected choices for where to set the camera and how to use the frame were artistic and always work to complement the story being told. But the plot is far too drawn out and meandering. Also, given that the main character of Biberkopf is a convicted killer, his so-called attempts to "go straight" don't hold water with me given his continued violent proclivities and sleeping with any girl who will have him, which is a surprising number of women given how he treats them. His continued ability to attract the desire of women despite his unwillingness to stay faithful to any one person doesn't say much for the character of the women in this world either. The 2-hour epilogue that acts as the final episode is a bonkers, incomprehensible surrealistic fever dream.