Die 3groschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) (The Beggar's Opera)
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Die 3groschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) (The Beggar's Opera)
Filmmaker G.W. Pabst's adaptation of Bertoldt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera (Die Dreisgoschenoper) is every bit as good as the stage original, and sometimes even better. Filmed in both German and French versions with different casts (a planned English-language version was abandoned), Threepenny is most readily available today in its German incarnation. Rudolf Forster stars as robber captain MacHeath -- aka Mackie Messer, or Mack the Knife -- who falls in love with Polly (Carola Neher), daughter of beggar king Peachum (Fritz Rasp). Despising MacHeath, Peachum plots the… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A scathing social satire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a lavish production and it shows in every frame, yet [director G.W.] Pabst is also true to Brecht's political commentary and social satire."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online