Threepenny Opera, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1931) / Region 1
Threepenny Opera, The: The Criterion Collection

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Threepenny Opera, The: The Criterion Collection

The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together onscreen under the direction of German auteur G.W. Pabst (Pandora's Box) in this classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation. Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the ) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With its palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The Threepenny Opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema. It is presented here in both its celebrated German and rare French versions.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 05 2007
  • Production Year 1931
  • Empire SKU 1350420
  • UPC Code 715515025720
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary by scholars David Bathrick and Eric Rentschler
Archival introduction by Threepenny stars Fritz Rasp and Ernst Busch
New, exclusive documentary on Threepenny's controversial journey from stage to screen
New and improved English subtitle translation
L'opera de quat'sous, Pabst's French-language version of the film, starring Albert Prejean and Florelle
A multimedia presentation by film scholar Charles O'Brien on the differences between the English and French versions
Archival interview with Fritz Rasp
Galleries of production photos by Hans Casparius and production sketches by art director Andre Andrejew
PLUS: A new essay by film critic Tony Rayns


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
    German Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W



  • Seymour Nebenzal


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