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Mack the Knife - Brecht's Threepenny Film (2018)

130 min | Drama

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 ...See moreAgainst 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. Written by Beta Film GmbH See less
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Joachim Lang (screenplay)
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Sep 13, 2018 (Germany)

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Jesse Albert
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Peri Baumeister
Elisabeth Hauptmann Elisabeth Hauptmann   See fewer
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Christian Bronchart
Double Lars Eidinger Bertold Brecht Double Lars Eidinger Bertold Brecht   See fewer
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Henry Buchmann
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Marcus Calvin
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Dick Carlier
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Truus de Boer
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Tom De Vreese
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Caspar Neher Caspar Neher   See fewer
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Meike Droste
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Robert Dölle
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Lars Eidinger
Berthold Brecht Berthold Brecht   See fewer
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Hanno Friedrich
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Godehard Giese
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Britta Hammelstein
Lotte Lenya / Jenny Lotte Lenya / Jenny   See fewer
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Filip Hellemans
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Hannah Herzsprung
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Christian Hockenbrink
Ernst Josef Aufricht Ernst Josef Aufricht   See fewer
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Roland Javornik
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Joachim Król
Peachum Peachum   See fewer
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Tom Magnus
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Claudia Michelsen
Frau Peachum Frau Peachum   See fewer
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Tobias Moretti
Macheath Macheath   See fewer
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Dirk Ossig
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Max Raabe
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Christian Redl
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Robert Stadlober
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Martin Thiel
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Anton Zwijsen
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Bertolt Brecht
Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited) Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 177 votes