The Threepenny Opera - Criterion Collection (DVD - SONE 1)

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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. In the early years of the sound era, film producers ofrten made films in different language versions, using the same sets but different casts for each version. The practice died out in the mid-1930s, but the few films which survive in both versions offer fascinating material for comparison. Pabst's twin versions of The Threepenny Opera shot in German and French are included on this double disc release - Die Dreigroschenoper (105 mins) and L'Opera De Quat'Sous (98 mins) - and make for absorbing viewing.


  • Audio commentary by scholars David Bathrick and Eric Rentschler
  • <I>L'opera de quat'sous</i>, 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 English 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
  • A new essay by film critic Tony Rayns


Produksjonsår 1931 Format DVD
Sone Sone 1 Sjanger Musical
Antall disker 2 Spilletid 1 timer 45 minutter
Aldersgrense Ingen Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Fransk) Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt
Regissør G.W. Pabst Skuespillere Carola Neher, Fritz Rasp, Lotte Lenya, Reinhold Schunzel, Rudolf Forster, Valeska Gert
Bestillingsnummer CRRN1713DVD