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Threepenny Opera, The (Dreigroschenoper, Die)

Threepenny Opera, The

London’s underground world: the elegant gang boss Mackie Messer falls in love with the beautiful Polly, daughter of beggar king Peachum, and plans to marry her. In a dusty underground warehouse - the room lavishly prepared with goods stolen from London's top shops - the wedding is attended by a crowd of beggars and thieves, as well as Tiger Brown, police chief and Mackie’s best friend. Peachum, however, strongly opposes the marriage. He puts pressure on Tiger Brown to send Mackie to the gallows, threatening to organize a beggars' revolt to disrupt the queen's upcoming coronation if the police chief does not accede to his wishes.
Genre Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 1931
Director Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Screenplay Leo Lania, Ladislaus Vajda, Béla Balázs
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Hans Oser
Kurt Weill
Andrej Andrejew
Cast Rudolf Forster, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schuenzel, Fritz Rasp, Valeska Gert, Lotte Lenya, Hermann Thimig, Ernst Busch, Wladimir Sokoloff, Paul Kemp, Gustav Puettjer
Producer Seymour Nebenzahl
Production Company Nero-Film/Berlin
Runtime 112 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Bilbao 2005
German Distributor Filmverleih Die Lupe/Goettingen

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