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.