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The Threepenny Opera (PG)

With Charles Prince and Dr Robert Taub, Director of Music, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth

Director: G.W. Pabst, 1931
Cast: Lotte Lenya, Rudolf Forster, Carola Neher 
Running time: 105 minutes
Language: German, English subtitles

This classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation
The Threepenny Opera is set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London and follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together on-screen under the direction of German auteur G. W. Pabst (Pandora's Box) in this classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation. With its palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The Threepenny Opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema.

This film is introduced by Anna Navas, Dr Robert Taub and Charles Prince.

Charles Prince is an acclaimed conductor and pianist currently living in the USA. As pianist, he is one of the guest artists in the Musica Viva concert performance of songs by Kurt Weill on 7 May 2022 that continues our Expressionism Festival.

This film is the first of three daily consecutive events 5-7 May 2022 of the Expressionism (cont’d) comprising film, visual art, and music.

Thursday 5 May 2022 
Time: 19:00 – 20:45 
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth 
Special festival ticket price: standard £3 / concessions £2 / free for all students