Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Tribute to Brecht's Three Penny Opera

Journal Entry: Weight = 173.0; Coinage = $2.51, 216 pennies, 1 dime, 1 quarter; Bottles = 7; Ground score = 5; Best Coin find = 196 pennies from the 17th street canal.

Photo Explanation, with 218 pennies found, an acknowledgement of the historical significance of the lowly penny is in order and the theater is the mode selected for the tribute. The original poster, as shown, is from a 1928 German film, The Threepenny Opera , in German: Die Dreigroschenoper. The film is a musical by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, in collaboration with translator Elisabeth Hauptmann and set designer Caspar Neher. It was adapted from an 18th-century English ballad opera, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, and offers a Marxist critique of the capitalist world. In the U.S. the 1990 remake was titled Mack the Knife . Google Bobby Darin to hear a verbal rendition of the classic tune.

Thanks Mr/Ms Penny.



  1. Isn't that where you found over 800 pennies a few months ago? And to think that I was excited about a paltry twenty-two penny scatter found yesterday...

    You better keep walking that canal!

  2. I will trade you your 22 penny scatter for my 3-penny descend into 17th street canal. A 22 penny scatter is fun, 200 pennies is work. At the farm today, no money walks.