Three Penny Opera (1963)

  |  Drama, Musical

Three Penny Opera (1963) Poster

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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4 December 2006 | morrow-9
| Colour, what colour?
I purchased this film video on Amazon from a market trader as it was the only version of The Threepenny Opera available in English at the time. The quality looks like a typical fifties TV video, blurred and indistinct with poor contrast and definition. The colour also seems more like a 'colorized' version of a b&w print (perhaps my copy is!) not true 'technicolor'. Of the performances I agree with the previous reviewer it is cobbled together with Sammy Davis seemingly tacked on. Many of the songs are missing and the Englisj translation is not really as authentic as you might wish. It is better to go for the original German version from the 1930s (with its French equivalent on the other side of the disc). That gives you a quality b&w film beautifully restored with very good acting and singing. If a decent copy of this 1962 version, fully restored appears it might be worth obtaining as a reference point and a curiosity. Unless you want a curio save your money and wait for a decent English-language version to appear.

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Release Date:

21 February 1968


German, English

Country of Origin

France, West Germany

Filming Locations

Berlin, Germany

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