The Threepenny Opera
+ intro by cultural historian Gavin Plumley
GW Pabst’s atmospheric film follows crime boss Mack the Knife as he terrorises Victorian London.
Dir GW Pabst
With Rudolf Forster, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel, Lotte Lenya
Charismatic crime boss Mack the Knife terrorises Victorian London with help from his Establishment friends. Pabst’s film version of Brecht and Weill’s anti-capitalist satire was fraught with controversy, but its atmospheric lighting and gliding camerawork conjure a world of shadowy corruption, enlivened by the rhythms of Kurt Weill’s insanely catchy score.