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The 3 Penny Opera (1931)
"Die 3 Groschen-Oper" (original title)

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In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'.

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Complete credited cast:
Rudolf Forster ...
Carola Neher ...
Reinhold Schünzel ...
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Valeska Gert ...
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Jenny (as Lotte Lenja)
Hermann Thimig ...
Ernst Busch ...
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Smith, the Jailer (as Wladimir Sokolow)
Paul Kemp ...
Mackie Messer's Gang Member
Gustav Püttjer ...
Mackie Messer's Gang Member
Oskar Höcker ...
Mackie Messer's Gang Member
Krafft-Raschig ...
Mackie Messer's Gang Member (as Kraft Raschig)
Herbert Grünbaum ...
Sylvia Torf ...
Whorehouse owner
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In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'. Written by Brian rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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19 October 1956 (East Germany)  »

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The 3 Penny Opera  »

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The German title "Die 3 Groschen-Oper" should translate properly into English as "The Three-Dime Opera" or "The 30-Cent Opera", since the Groschen was a coin worth ten Pfennig, and the Pfennig was the equivalent of a penny in pre-Euro currency. See more »

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Version of The Beggar's Opera (1953) See more »

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Die Dreigroschenoper
Composed by Kurt Weill
Libretto by Bertolt Brecht
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A Cynical Musical with Low-life Characters
13 November 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In London, the rascal Mackie Messer (Rudolf Forster) is the king of the thieves and an irresistible pimp. When he meets Polly Peachum (Valeska Gert) on the street, he invites her for a drink and they marry with each other in the end of the night in a warehouse. When Polly's father Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (Fritz Rasp) a.k.a. the king of the beggars learns about the marriage of his daughter, he presses the chief of police Jackie "Tiger" Brown (Reinhold Schünzel) to arrest his friend Mackie; otherwise he will send a great number of beggars to protest in the coronation of the queen.

"Die 3 Groschen-Oper" is a cynical musical with low-life characters in the underground of London written by Bertold Brecht and directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst. This film was released in Berlin on 19 February 1931 and I saw a DVD with a matrix that was restored in 2006 for the 75th anniversary of this film. In 1986, the Brazilian composer Chico Buarque de Holanda and the director Ruy Guerra released an adaptation of this musical with the successful "Ópera do Malandro", the most expensive Brazilian production until 1986, but without the credit to Bertold Brecht. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Ópera dos Três Vinténs" ("The Opera of Three Pennies")


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