The 3 Penny Opera (Die 3groschenoper)

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Critic Reviews for The 3 Penny Opera (Die 3groschenoper)

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Audience Reviews for The 3 Penny Opera (Die 3groschenoper)

  • Oct 17, 2009
    G.W. Pabst's version of "The Threepenny Opera" excited me in multiple ways. It's a fine example of an early musical. There's the intrigue of seeing this now-classic work filmed when it was still a fresh creation (the play debuted less than three years earlier). We also see the legendary Lotte Lenya in her prime, in what may be her definitive role. More importantly, this is an exceptionally well-made film for its time. The sets and costumes are wonderful, with the perfect mix of pretense and seediness, and the makeup is more natural than is often found in this era. But it's the camerawork which is most impressive -- there are all sorts of tracking shots and pivots which must have seemed quite daring and vanguard in 1931. My expectations weren't particularly high for this film, and they were easily surpassed. The biggest minus is that the ending -- changed from the original book -- is somewhat weak and unsatisfying.
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  • Feb 04, 2009
    A milestone of cinema that is historically important but distractingly abstract and exaggerated.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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