G. W. Pabst

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together on-screen under the direction of German auteur G. W. Pabst (Pandora's Box) in this classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation. Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With its palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The Threepenny Opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema. It is presented here in both its celebrated German and rare French versions.

Film Info

  • G. W. Pabst
  • Germany
  • 1931
  • 110 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.19:1
  • German
  • Spine #405

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, made from a new film restoration element from the Bundesarchiv in Germany
  • Audio commentary by scholars David Bathrick and Eric Rentschler
  • L'opera de quat'sous, Pabst's French-language version of the film, starring Albert Prejean and Florelle
  • A multimedia presentation by film scholar Charles O'Brien on the differences between the German and French versions
  • Archival introduction by Threepenny stars Fritz Rasp and Ernst Busch
  • New exclusive documentary on Threepenny's controversial journey from stage to screen
  • Archival interview with Fritz Rasp
  • Galleries of production photos by Hans Casparius and production sketches by art director Andre Andrejew
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Tony Rayns

New cover by Natalie Ascencios

Purchase Options

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, made from a new film restoration element from the Bundesarchiv in Germany
  • Audio commentary by scholars David Bathrick and Eric Rentschler
  • L'opera de quat'sous, Pabst's French-language version of the film, starring Albert Prejean and Florelle
  • A multimedia presentation by film scholar Charles O'Brien on the differences between the German and French versions
  • Archival introduction by Threepenny stars Fritz Rasp and Ernst Busch
  • New exclusive documentary on Threepenny's controversial journey from stage to screen
  • Archival interview with Fritz Rasp
  • Galleries of production photos by Hans Casparius and production sketches by art director Andre Andrejew
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Tony Rayns

New cover by Natalie Ascencios

The Threepenny Opera
Cast
Rudolf Forster
Mackie Messer
Carola Neher
Polly Peachum
Reinhold Schunzel
Tiger Brown
Fritz Rasp
Jonathan Jeremias Peachum
Valeska Gert
Mrs. Peachum
Lotte Lenya
Jenny
Hermann Thimig
The vicar
Ernst Busch
The street singer
Credits
Director
G. W. Pabst
Screenplay
Bela Balazs
Screenplay
Leo Lania
Screenplay
Ladislaus Vajda
From the play by
Bertolt Brecht
Songs
Kurt Weill
Cinematography
Fritz Arno Wagner
Editing
Hans Oser
Art direction
Andrej Andrejew

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