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MACK THE KNIFE – BRECHT’S THREEPENNY FILM (MACKIE MESSER: BRECHTS DREIGROSCHENFILM)

Friday, 15 March 2019

Time :
9:00 am
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Phone (Info) : 28 22 93
info@luxfilmfest.lu
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Summary

Part biopic, part satire, this meta film follows Bertolt Brecht as he takes on the film industry.


1928. Against many odds, Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera" becomes a phenomenal success. The film industry picks up the scent and convinces the master playwright to direct a film version of his "play with music". Brecht, however, refuses to play by their rules. While the studio wants to sanitise Brecht’s version, censor the "filth” and tuck at the heart strings to cash in on the success, the author wants to make nothing less than a completely new kind of film. A socialist critique on capitalism, staged as a conflict between Mack the Knife, a London gangster, and Peachum, the head of the beggars' mafia. Brecht does not bow down; he takes the producers to court in order to prove that the moneyed interests are prevailing over his right as an author - and the right of the audience. Provocative, outrageously colourful and merging fact with fiction, Brecht's "true" vision for the film comes to life before the author's eyes. A film that was never made. An artist who challenges the industry and audience alike. A poet directing reality. That has never happened before.


 


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