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Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film

Title: Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film
Original title: Mackie Messer – Brechts Dreigroschenfilm
Format: two hours, HD
Starring: Lars Eidinger (PROXIMA, NEVER LOOK AWAY)
Tobias Moretti (THE DARK VALLEY)
Hannah Herzsprung (FOUR MINUTES, THE READER)
Joachim Krol (RUN LOLA RUN)
Claudia Michelsen (THE TOWER, THE TUNNEL)
Britta Hammelstein
Robert Stadlober (CRAZY)
Peri Baumeister
Christian Redl
Directed by: Joachim A. Lang
Produced by: Zeitsprung Pictures in co-production with SWR, Arte and Velvet
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First performed in 1928, "The Threepenny Opera" by Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weill became the most successful play of the Weimar Republic and has been fascinating international audiences for 90 years.

Starring Lars Eidinger (BABYLON BERLIN), Tobias Moretti (THE DARK VALLEY), Robert Stadlober (LINE OF SEPARATION) and Hannah Herzsprung(BABYLON BERLIN)

Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film

Watch the master direct reality.

Against many odds, Bertolt Brecht's “The Threepenny Opera” becomes a phenomenal success. The film industry picks up the scent and seeks to make the master direct a film version of his “play with music”. Brecht though refuses to play by their rules. While the studio wants to censor the “filth” and tuck at the heart strings to cash in on the success, the author wants to make nothing less than a completely new kind of film. A socialist critique on capitalism, staged as a conflict between Mack the Knife, a London gangster, and Peachum, the head of the beggars' mafia. And Brecht does not bow down; he takes the producers to court in order to prove that the moneyed interests are prevailing over his right as an author – and the right of the audience! Provocative, outrageously colorful and merging fact with the fictional and the visionary, Brecht's “true” Threepennyfilm comes to life before the author's eyes. A film that was never made. An artist who challenges the industry and audience alike. A poet directing reality. That has never happened before!

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"This excellent film is a think piece, a portrayal of the times, and a musical all in one.