Three Penny Opera (1963)

  |  Drama, Musical


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The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.


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10 January 2002 | claia_bryja
6
| lifeless, disappointing production of an excellent musical play
I've seen several stagings of this musical play-- even acted in it once in college-- and I have enjoyed the liveliness of every staging. The movie, however, is quite dead. The characters are stilted and almost everything is presented in a dry and detached manner-- so detached that the viewer can't really appreciate the important ironies of the plot even while being hit over the head with them. I also felt that the camera work was very uninspired. This film is still worth seeing just because "Die Dreigroschenoper" is an excellent play; but, if you have a choice, I'd recommend that you go see it performed as a play.

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