Descrizione:This film is based, despite the objections of Bertolt Brecht, who took the case to the court and lost, on an adaptation of his theatrical play of the same name, which, in turn, is also based on “The Beggar’s Opera” (1728) by the Englishman John Gay. Although it is less acute than Brecht’s views, the social content of the film is very strong, as it is clearly indicated by the fact that it was banned in Hungary, since the authorities judged that it didn’t serve human culture but the revolution and the revolutionaries. The end result is a unique unification of “lyrical passion” and “brave satire” depicting, through the visual images of G.W. Pabst “the peculiar fantastic quality of life” as a society that constitutes an amalgam of a superior and an inferior life. The text mentions the two versions of the film – the English and the French – and praises the costumes, the décor and the photography.