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The Threepenny opera
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Mesmerizing, beautifully atmospheric rendering of the most sensationally popular German play of its day. Brecht and Weill's acidulous updating of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. It was a touch too atmospheric for Brecht; he successfully sued the producers for altering and prettying up his work. But in retrospect it remains the best adaptation of Threepenny on film, a milestone of the pre-Hitler era.
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