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Bertolt Brecht, writer; 1898–1956.
Works: Dreigroschenoper (1928, music by Kurt Weill).

Premiere at the Theatre am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin, 31 August 1928: “The...
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Brecht's gangster ballad with music by Kurt Weill is about Mack the Knife, who secretly married the daughter of the beggar king Peachum and shall be therefore to be hanged. Peachum does not want to give up his daughter and blackmails the police chief Tiger-Brown to arrest his son-in-law. Mack the Knife disappears and is betrayed by the jealous whore Jenny...

"The Threepenny Opera" celebrated its premiere in August 1928 at Berlin's Theater am Schiffbauerdamm and immediately became a huge success and one of the most successful plays of the 20th century. Songs and ballads like the "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" or "Pirate Jenny" are world-famous and have been widely covered.
Further performances at different theaters and the film from 1931 by G. W. Pabst, at the same time also in a French version, followed. Meanwhile the film is regarded as a masterpiece of the early German sound film.

The current film, which is now coming into the cinemas, is about Brecht's efforts, together with Weill, to bring the play to the big screen. This soon fails because of different views of the author and production company. Ultimately, Brecht even takes the production company to court...