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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 ...
Fritz Rasp ...
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 CBS Television Workshop: The Beggar's Opera (1952) See more »

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Die Dreigroschenoper
Composed by Kurt Weill
Libretto by Bertolt Brecht
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Pabst filming of Brecht Masterpiece Still The Best
5 April 2004 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Hard-biting cynicism of governments, crooks, the bourgeoisie, misanthropy, and corruption is as stingingly appropriate today as it was in 1931. The leads are well cast and well executed as gangster Mack the Knife and his bride don't care whose feathers they ruffle. However, both take a backseat to Lotte Lenya's unforgettable portrayal of Pirate Jenny which has stood for 70+ years at finest revenge-dream sequence ever filmed.

Eerily, one of the sycophantic government stooges is a dead-ringer for Donald Rumsfeld. The incomparable Weill score is reason enough to watch this richly textured, ahead-of-its-time operetta. One thing -- this would be a great candidate for restoration because the copy aired on the PBS stations (where I've seen it twice) is frayed so badly that some sequences are very tough to see.

Nevertheless, if you're a student of mankind, Die Dreigroschenoper is one you will not wish to miss!


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