The Beggar's Opera (film)
name = The Beggar's Opera
imdb_id = 0045547
amg_id = 1:84686
Christopher Fry Denis Cannan John Gay
Laurence Olivier Herbert Wilcox
cinematography= Guy Green
released = 1953
runtime = 94 min.
language = English
Peter Brook's film version of " The Beggar's Opera" was made in 1953starring Laurence Olivier, Dorothy Tutin, Stanley Hollowayand others. Olivier and Holloway do their own singing in this film, but Dorothy Tutin and several others are dubbed. This was Laurence Olivier's only film musical.
With additional dialogue and lyrics by
Christopher Fry, the film expands on some elements in the opera, notably giving Mrs Trapes ( Athene Seyler) a larger role and adding dramatic action sequences to Macheath's escape.
The framing device is also changed: the Beggar (
Hugh Griffith) is himself a prisoner in Newgatewith the real Macheath, who escapes at the end under cover of the confusion created when the Beggar decides that his fictional Macheath should be reprieved.
The film also includes one of the first film performances of the Carry On star
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