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Big screen classics

The Threepenny Opera

Die 3-Groschen-oper

You can't fail to be enthralled by GW Pabst's 'Mack the Knife.'

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Germany 1931
Dir GW Pabst
With Rudolf Forster, Carola Neher, Lotte Lenya
English subtitles
Certificate PG

GW Pabst’s adaptation of Brecht and Kurt Weill’s stage hit makes a few changes and drops some songs, but its anti-capitalist thrust and its acerbic view of society as uniformly rotten remain intact. Following gang-boss Mackie Messer (or ‘Mack the Knife’) as he deals with bankers, thieving beggars, corrupt cops and the various women in his life, the film is at once stylish and forceful.

The screening on Wed 23 May will be introduced by film programmer Margaret Deriaz.


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