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Die 3groschenoper [videorecording]: The 3 Penny Opera

Janus Films ; [Warner Bros. Pictures ; in association with Tobis Filmkunst] ; Thomas J. Brandon presents ; produced by S. Nebenzahl ; screenplay by Léo Lania, Ladislaus Vajda and Béla Balázs ; directed by G. W. Pabst
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
"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 a palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The threepenny opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema." -- Container.
Director
G. W. Pabst
Performers
Lotte Lenya, Rudolph Forster, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel, Fritz Rasp, Valeska Gert, Hermann Thimig, Ernst Busch, Vladimir Sokoloff.
Release Date
1931
Run Time
110 min.
Language
In German ; with optional English subtitles
Notes
  • Videodisc release of the 1931 motion picture.
  • Based on the play "Threepenny opera" by Bertolt Brecht which was based on John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera."
  • Special features: restored high-definition digital transfer ; audio commentary by scholars David Bathrick and Eric Rentschler ; archival introduction by stars Fritz Rasp and Ernst Busch ; documentary tracing The threepenny opera's journey from stage to screen ; Pabst's French language version of the film, L'opéra de quat'sous, adapted by Solange Térac with dialogue by André Mauprey, starring Albert Préjean, Florelle, Gaston Modot and Margo Lion ; a multimedia presentation by film scholar Charles O'Brien on the differences between the versions ; archival interview with Fritz Rasp ; galleries of production photos by Hans Casparius and production sketches by art director Andrej Andrejew ; a new essay by film critic Tony Rayns.
  • Title from container.
Uniform Title
Dreigroschenoper (Motion Picture : 1931)
Variant Title
3 penny opera
Dreigroschenoper
Threepenny opera
Related Title
Opéra de quat'sous.
Three penny opera.
Edition
Special ed. ;full screen presentation (aspect ratio 1.19:1)
Series
The Criterion Collection
Criterion Collection
Series Statement
The Criterion collection ; 405
Criterion collection 405
ISBN
1934121835, 9781934121832
Credits
Photography, F.A. Wagner ; edited by Hans Oser ; music by Kurt Weill.
Published
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2007.
Publisher no.
CC1713D Criterion Collection
Description
2 videodiscs (110 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (24 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
DVD ; region 1 ; Dolby digital mono ; NTSC.
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