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Mack the Knife - Brecht's Threepenny Film (2018)

Dreigroschenfilm (original title)
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Against many odds, Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera" becomes a phenomenal success. The film industry picks up the scent and seeks to make the master direct a film version of his "play... See full summary »

Director:

Joachim Lang

Writers:

Joachim Lang (screenplay), Bertolt Brecht (after "Die Dreigroschenoper") | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lars Eidinger ... Bertholt Brecht
Tobias Moretti ... Macheath
Hannah Herzsprung ... Carola Neher / Polly
Joachim Król ... Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
Claudia Michelsen ... Frau Peachum
Christian Redl ... Tiger Brown
Robert Stadlober ... Kurt Weill
Britta Hammelstein ... Lotte Lenja / Jenny
Peri Baumeister ... Elisabeth Hauptmann
Meike Droste ... Helene Weigel
Hendrik Heutmann ... Sam
Godehard Giese ... Seymour Nebenzahl
Paul Schlase Paul Schlase ... Münzmatthias
Jesse Albert Jesse Albert ... Sägerobert
Marcus Calvin ... Konstabler Smith
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Storyline

Against many odds, Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera" becomes a phenomenal success. The film industry picks up the scent and seeks to make the master direct a film version of his "play with music". Brecht though refuses to play by their rules. While the studio wants to censor the "filth" and tuck at the heart strings to cash in on the success, the author wants to make nothing less than a completely new kind of film. A socialist critique on capitalism, staged as a conflict between Mack the Knife, a London gangster, and Peachum, the head of the beggars' mafia. And Brecht does not bow down; he takes the producers to court in order to prove that the moneyed interests are prevailing over his right as an author - and the right of the audience. Provocative, outrageously colorful and merging fact with the fictional and the visionary, Brecht's "true" Threepennyfilm comes to life before the author's eyes. A film that was never made. An artist who challenges the industry and audience alike.... Written by Beta Film GmbH

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Watch the master direct reality.

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Biography | Drama

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The Threepenny Opera is a play by Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weill. See more »

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References The 3 Penny Opera (1931) See more »

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Country:

Germany | Belgium

Language:

German

Release Date:

13 September 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mackie Messer - Brechts Dreigroschenfilm See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$924,336
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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