Following the phenomenal worldwide success of The Threepenny Opera in 1928 in Berlin, cinema is trying to win over the author of the piece. But Bertolt Brecht is not willing to play by the film industry’s rules. His vision for the Threepenny Film is radical, uncompromising, political and pointed. He wants to make a completely new kind of film and knows that the production company will never agree to it. It is only interested in cashing in. While the London gangster Macheath’s fight with the head of the beggar’s mob Mr. Peachum begins to take shape in the film version in front of the author’s eyes, Brecht seeks the public dispute. He takes the production company to court in order to prove that their monetary interests are taking precedence over his right as author… a poet directs reality – that was unprecedented!
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Walter Mair, Kurt Schwertsik
Lars Eidinger, Tobias Moretti, Hannah Herzsprung, Robert Stadlober.
Zeitsprung Pictures Südwestrundfunk Velvet Films Arte
A German author, film director and documentary filmmaker. He has also staged plays in various theatres and was artistic director for the Brecht Festivals. His award-winning films include: It Was a Very Good Time, To Think Is to Change, The Revue of Germany, Brecht - Die Kunst zu leben, George, and Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film.
Brecht - Die Kunst zu leben (2006, TV doc.), George (2013, TV), Mackie Messer - Brechts Dreigroschenfilm (2018).