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Uniform Title Dreigroschenoper (Motion picture : 1931)
Title Die 3groschenoper [videorecording] = The threepenny opera / musik von [Kurt] Weill ; manuskript, [Leo] Lania, [Ladislao] Vajda, [Bela] Balazs ; regie, G.W. Pabst ; gesamtleitung, S. Nebenzahl.

Imprint [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library DVD    B WEIL TO W13DVD    Available
Edition [Special ed.]
Description 2 videodiscs (110 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (24 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Series The Criterion collection ; 405
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 405.
Note Based on the play "Threepenny opera" by Bertolt Brecht which was based on John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera."
Originally released as a motion picture in 1931.
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.
Credits Photography, F.A. Wagner ; edited by Hans Oser.
Cast Rudolph Forster (Mackie Messer) ; Carola Neher (Polly) ; Reinhold Schünzel (Tiger Brown) ; Fritz Rasp (Peachum) ; Valeska Gert (Frau Peachum) ; Lotte Lenya (Jenny) ; Hermann Thimig (Der Pfarrer) ; Ernst Busch (Der Straßensänger) ; Wladimir Sokoloff (Smith).
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"--Container.
System Details DVD, region 1, full screen (1.19:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital mono.
Language Sung in German, optional English subtitles.
Subject Criminals -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century -- Drama.
Poor -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century -- Drama.
Social conflict -- Drama.
Operas -- Film adaptations.
Soho (London, England) -- Moral conditions -- Drama.
Genre/Form Fantasy films.
Opera films.
Motion pictures, German.
Added Author Lania, Leo, 1896-1961. Screenwriter.
Vajda, Ladislaus, 1877-1933. Screenwriter.
Balázs, Béla, 1884-1949. Screenwriter.
Pabst, G. W. (Georg Wilhelm), 1885-1967. Director.
Nebenzal, Seymour. Producer.
Forster, Rudolf, 1884-1968. voc Actor.
Neher, Carola, 1900-1942. voc Actor.
Schünzel, Reinhold, 1888-1954. voc Actor.
Rasp, Fritz, 1891-1976. voc Actor.
Gert, Valeska. voc Actor.
Lenya, Lotte. voc Actor.
Thimig, Hermann, 1890-1982. voc Actor.
Busch, Ernst, 1900-1980. voc Actor.
Sokoloff, Vladimir, 1889-1962. voc Actor.
Wagner, Fritz Arno, 1894-1958. Photographer.
Oser, Jean, 1908-2002. Film editor.
Andrejew, André, 1899-1966.
Casparius, Hans.
Térac, Solange.
Mauprey, André.
Préjean, Albert.
Florelle, 1898-1974.
Modot, Gaston, 1887-1970.
Lion, Margo, 1899-1989.
Bathrick, David.
Rentschler, Eric.
O'Brien, Charles, 1955-
Rayns, Tony.
Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. Dreigroschenoper.
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. Dreigroschenoper.
Gay, John, 1685-1732. Beggar's opera.
Janus Films.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Dreigroschenoper
Threepenny opera
Note Container title: 3 penny opera
Added Title Opéra de quat'sous (Motion picture : 1931)
Opéra de quat'sous.
ISBN 1934121835
Standard No. 715515025720
Music No. CC1713D Criterion Collection

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