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Threepenny Opera (1962)

Threepenny Opera




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Hampered by over-orchestrated music, smeary color photography and (in the English version at least) poor dubbing, this 1963 French/German adaptation of the Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht piece The Three Penny Opera nonetheless has its attractions. Not least of these is the central performance of Curt Jurgens as robber captain MacHeath, whose romance with Polly Peachum (June Ritchie), daughter of beggar king J. J. Peachum (Gert Frobe), puts his life in jeopardy. Hildegarde Neff has an effective cameo as whore-ish Pirate Jenny. For the film's American release, distributor Joseph E. Levine hired Sammy Davis Jr. to play the Ballad Singer, who narrates the story, introduces the scenes, and sings the opera's most famous song "Moritat (The Ballad of Mack the Knife)." Unlike the music in the rest of the film, Davis' rendition of "Mack the Knife" is rearranged in Bobby Darin "pop" fashion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
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Sammy Davis Jr.
as Ballad Singer
Curd Jürgens
as Macheath
June Ritchie
as Polly Peachum
Hildegarde Neff
as Pirate Jenny
Lino Ventura
as Tiger Brown
Walter Giller
as Beggar Filch
Martin Berliner
as Wally the Weeper
Gert Fröbe
as J.J. Peachum
Hilde Hildebrand
as Mrs. Celia Peachum
Hans Reiser
as A Guide
Henning Schlüter
as Rev. Kimball
Stanislav Ledinek
as Robert the Saw
Adeline Wagner
as Suky Tawdry
Walter Feuchtenberg
as Hook-Finger Jacob
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Abysmal English dubbing makes a mess of this German film of the Brecht-Weill masterwork.

Full Review… | February 10, 2004
Film Threat

Full Review… | February 11, 2004

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