Authentic rendering of John Gay's eighteenth century musical, filmed in Technicolor, about Captain MacHeath, a highwayman, and his love for too many beautiful women. Betrayed by Jenny and Sukey, two of his bygone lovers, and temporarily freed by two others, MacHeath is arrested and condemned to death. While waiting to be hanged, the Captain is entertained by a musical beggar, who has written an opera of which the highwayman is the hero.Written by
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One of the characters, Dolly Trull, is aptly named, as "trull" was an eighteenth century term for "prostitute". See more »
You're never Captain MacHeath, sir!
Never Captain MacHeath, sir? At my mother's breast I was Captain MacHeath, sir!
I would rather not think so! You're not at all as I imagined. No... no... no. I've overwritten you. My captain is higher by two or three inches.
Hmmm. Wll, sir, thanks to you I shall be higher this time tomorrow by the height of a hangman's card.
No, Captain, you'd never do. There is more of you in two bars of my opera than there is in your own body.
Well, I'm sorry for it.
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Unusually, the ghost vocalists for the non-singing actors were given billing in the end credits. See more »
While this is an adequate rendering of the famous John Gay mock opera, it suffers from having Olivier sing the entire role in his own untrained voice. After a while his vocalism grows wearisome, having a slight flat and dull quality to his tone.
Brook's direction is also lacking; in trying to open the action up on screen, it looks somewhat forced and off balance. This is still a good film, all things considered and the fact that it's a rare filming of this work.
So in the end we give it a grade of B, and hope a better version will subsequently be made.
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