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Mack the Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film

Dir. Joachim Lang | 130 min
Narrative Belgium, Germany 2018
German with English subtitles Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Saturday, May 188:35 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

Saturday, May 258:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre

Following the phenomenal success of Bertolt Brecht, Elisabeth Hauptmann, and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera in 1928 in Berlin, the film industry is eager to underwrite an cinematic adaptation. Bertolt Brecht, however, isn’t willing to play by studio rules: his vision for the Threepenny Film is radical, political and pointed. Eventually, following a nasty legal dispute, Brecht and Weill are forced off the project altogether.

Director Joachim Lang connects his interpretation of the Threepenny story with the genesis of Brecht’s exposé for a Threepenny Film that has never been on screen. It takes the audience to Berlin during the roaring twenties, and shows how the uncompromising artists attempted to shoot a movie while bristling at cinema’s conventions all along the way.

Co-presented by Embassy of Germany German Historical Institute Goethe-Institut Washington

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