The 28th annual New York Jewish Film Festival will take place January 9 to 22, 2019, featuring new work as well as restored classics.
Mack the Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film
NAME OF FILM: MACK THE KNIFE – BRECHT’S THREEPENNY FILM
DIRECTOR(S): Joachim Lang
STARRING: Daniela Achtert, Jesse Albert, Peri Baumeister
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: After the premiere of Bertolt Brecht, Elisabeth Hauptmann, and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera in 1928, the work seemed destined for the silver screen: Brecht wanted to make a film, and a studio was eager to capitalize. But Brecht clashed with producers over his desire to create a socially-conscious film, while the studio wanted a crowd-pleaser. After a court battle Brecht and Weill were forced off the project, which was released in 1931 with another director.