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Title Die 3groschenoper = The 3 penny opera / [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.

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


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank DVD  5539  Copy2  2HR OR O/NIGHT  AVAILABLE
Uniform title Dreigroschenoper (Motion picture : 1931)
Physical description 2 videodiscs (DVD) (110 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (24 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)
monochrome rdacc
Series The Criterion collection ; 405.
Criterion collection ; 405.
Notes Originally released as a motion picture in 1931.
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.
Credits Photography, F.A. Wagner ; edited by Hans Oser ; music by Kurt Weill.
Performers Lotte Lenya, Rudolph Forster, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel, Fritz Rasp, Valeska Gert, Hermann Thimig, Ernst Busch, Vladimir Sokoloff.
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.
System notes DVD ; region 1 ; NTSC ; full scree presentation (aspect ratio 1.19:1) ; Dolby digital mono.
Language notes In German ; with optional English subtitles.
Other author Pabst, G. W. (Georg Wilhelm), 1885-1967.
Lania, Leo, 1896-1961.
Vajda, Ladislao, 1906-1965.
Balázs, Béla, 1884-1949.
Nebenzal, Seymour.
Brandon, Thomas.
Lenya, Lotte.
Forster, Rudolf, 1884-1968.
Neher, Carola, 1900-1942.
Schünzel, Reinhold, 1888-1954.
Rasp, Fritz, 1891-1976.
Gert, Valeska.
Thimig, Hermann, 1890-1982.
Busch, Ernst, 1900-1980.
Sokoloff, Vladimir, 1889-1962.
Wagner, Fritz Arno, 1894-1958.
Oser, Jean, 1908-2002.
Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950.
Andrejew, André, 1899-1966.
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. Dreigroschenoper.
Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. Dreigroschenoper.
Gay, John, 1685-1732. Beggar's opera.
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.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Tobis Filmkunst GmbH.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Subject Gay, John, 1685-1732 -- Film and video adaptations.
Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950 -- Film and video adaptations.
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956 -- Film and video adaptations.
Criminals -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century -- Drama.
Poor -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century -- Drama.
Social conflict -- Drama.
Operas -- Film adaptations.
Operas -- Television adaptations.
Feature films.
Fantasy films.
Musical films.
Motion pictures, German.
Soho (London, England) -- Moral conditions -- Drama.
Variant Title 3 penny opera.
Threepenny opera.
Other title Opéra de quat'sous.
Standard Number 715515025720
ISBN 1934121835
Publisher Number CC1713D Criterion Collection