Cinema: THE BEST OF 1983: Cinema

Berlin Alexanderplatz. The harsh twilight of an amiable brute (Gunter Lamprecht) presages the arrival of Nazism's long night. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's mesmerizing 15½-hour film is a masterpiece of social and sexual misanthropy.

The Big Chill. Seven survivors of the '60s meet for a weekend to find a little warmth in the not so simple '80s. Aided by a resourceful cast, Writer-Director Lawrence Kasdan revives some old-fashioned movie virtues: grace, wit, subtlety, style.

Heart Like a Wheel. This B-movie biography of Shirley Muldowney, first woman to become a national hot-rod champion, boasts crisp, compassionate direction by Jonathan Kaplan and an Oscar-worthy performance...

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