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Calendar, Festivals, Film, June 19

Film: 2019 German Film Festival Closing Night

12 June @ Cinema Paradiso ·
Presented by Palace Cinemas ·

88 years after its initial release of The 3 Penny Opera (1931), we celebrate the closing of the festival with this cinematic delight. Join us for a glass of wine before the film, as we say auf Wiedersehen to the festival.

Closing the Festival is the celebrated classic 1931 film version of Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, which itself rivals the adored Weimar-era theatrical sensation. German auteur G. W. Pabst (Pandora’s Box, 1929) places audiences firmly in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London alongside our underworld anti-hero Macheath (Mackie, or “Mack the Knife”), a vicious, amoral thug who sees himself as nothing more than a legitimate entrepreneur. When Macheath marries Polly Peachum without the permission of her father, Jonathan Peachum, the “beggar king” of London and a fellow businessman, a bitter rivalry ensues.

The selection complements Festival screenings of the recent Mack The Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film and its brilliant depiction of the controversy surrounding the making of this famous movie production. With its palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to composer Kurt Weill’s irresistible score, this original cinematic interpretation remains a benchmark of early sound cinema.

Wednesday 12 June
Cinema Paradiso, 164 James St Northbridge
6:30pm Live music & drink on arrival
7:00pm Film

General Admission $30 / Palace Movie Club Members $25

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Calendar, Festivals, Film, June 19

Film: 2019 German Film Festival Special Event

6 June @ Cinema Paradiso ·
Presented by Palace Cinemas ·

Join us for a cocktail and live music, before being transported to Berlin in the roaring 20s, in this wildly entertaining film, Mack the Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film. In true Brechtian style, director Joachim A. Lang and his outstanding cast enthusiastically bring to life true events that followed the huge success of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Threepenny Opera’ -the bitter satire of capitalism that is as relevant today as when it premiered in 1928 Berlin.

Lars Eidinger stars as Brecht, who agrees to make a film from his popular musical theatre piece.  But the process is fraught with complications as the artist’s bold creative vision clashes with his production company’s desire to make money. Unwilling to compromise, Brecht takes the producers to court over their undermining of the author’s rights for financial gain, thus igniting a fierce battle.

With opulent décor, luscious costumes, and energetic performances, Lang’s superb re-creation of Brecht’s work and experiences transports the audience directly to Berlin during the Roaring Twenties, carrying with it a message about the importance of artistic integrity in contemporary society.

Thursday 6 June
Cinema Paradiso, 164 James St Northbridge
6:30pm arrivals
7:00pm film starts

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General Admission $35 / Palace Movie Club Members $28

The German Film Festival 2019 will take place exclusively at Palace Cinemas from 28 May – 12 June at Palace Cinema Paradiso and Palace Raine Square.

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Calendar, May 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

21 May – 25 May @ Hayman Theatre ·
Presented by Hayman Theatre Company ·

Meet Arturo. Gangster? Businessman? Politician? Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. He’s a song and dance man, as in he’ll sing you a song while he twerks on your grave. “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”, Brecht’s parable play about the rise of Hitler, explodes onto the stage in a pop culture frenzy of violenceand lip synching. Welcome to Brecht for a meme generation! Resistance is futile. Or is it? #faketheatre

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