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L'opéra de quat'sous (1931)

The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.

Director:

Georg Wilhelm Pabst (as G.W. Pabst)

Writers:

Béla Balázs (adaptation), Bertolt Brecht (play) (as Brecht) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Préjean ... Mackie
Florelle ... Polly Peachum (as Mlle. Florelle)
Gaston Modot ... Peachum
Margo Lion ... Jenny
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Smith (as Wladimir Sokoloff)
Lucy de Matha Lucy de Matha ... Mme Peachum
Jacques Henley Jacques Henley ... Tiger Brown
Bill Bocket Bill Bocket ... Chanteur de rues (as Bill-Bocketts)
Hermann Thimig ... Pasteur
Antonin Artaud ... Nouveau mendant
Roger Gaillard Roger Gaillard ... Mendiant (as Gaillard)
Marie-Antoinette Buzet Marie-Antoinette Buzet ... Fille à Turnbridge
Arthur Duarte Arthur Duarte
Marcel Merminod Marcel Merminod
Pierre Léaud Pierre Léaud
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Storyline

The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Threepenny Opera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The French title "L'opéra de quat'sous" translates literally into English as "The Four-Nickel Opera", "The Four-Shilling Opera", or "The 20-Cent Opera", since the sou was a coin worth five centimes, and the centime was the French equivalent of a penny in pre-Euro currency. See more »

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Alternate-language version of The 3 Penny Opera (1931) See more »

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Life is Money, Food, Sex, Nothing
17 September 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Feels a bit odd being the 1st post as I would have thought Artheads would have been here years ago describing this one's social significance, contextualising it, contemporary relevances, and dissecting comparisons with the simultaneous German version. As I only happen to like "old" movies I can only offer some humble humdrum opinions on a few points instead.

I've seen Die 3groschenoper a number of times now, but this was my 1st visit to the French version, my first impressions being favourable as it is an exact scene-for-scene re-run after all - for the story refer to everyone's comments for 3G. The French runs 7 minutes faster - is that just down to the language differences? I wonder how many of the background extras acted in both (and did they get paid for 2 movies!), but the speaking parts of course were handed to French actors and actresses - the whole reason why this talkie was made. I can almost get by in French - but German is a real tongue-twister for me, so to me a lot of the earthy harshness and Weimar cynicism is lost here for a typically French airy artiness, even down to the song lyrics. Without that overpowering cynicism it becomes for me simply a very good film, not a great one like the simultaneous original. Otoh it's easier to follow, meaning it enlightened me on some aspects of the German release I'd struggled over. Here, in the English translation of the French the people in the shadows ultimately "melt away" - I prefer the "lost to sight" translation of the German. Etherial compared to material.

If you enjoyed 3G then you're sure to enjoy this. Overall, for an Englishman a very enjoyable (French) curio, but for instance if I ever feel that I need a shot of Cynical Sleazy Singing I'll be heading back to Ernst Busch, Carole Neher, Lotte Lenya and Co.


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