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The 3 Penny Opera

DVD
110 min
1931
M1500 .W42 D74 2007 DVD

The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together on-screen under the direction of German auteur G.W. Pabst (Pandora's Box) in this classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation. Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With its palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The Threepenny Opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema. It is presented here in both its celebrated German and rare French versions.

Performers: Lotte Lenya, Rudolph Forster, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel, Fritz Rasp, Valeska Gert, Hermann Thimig, Ernst Busch, Vladimir Sokoloff.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1931.

In German ; with optional English subtitles.

Distributed by The Criterion Collection (criterion.com).

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