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JJ Pirate Jenny & Mack the Knife (76* d) RE: Pirate Jenny & Mack the Knife 26 Aug 08

Those interested in Brecht's work in Hollywood might seek out "Hangmen Also Die!" Fritz Lang's 1943 film about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich and its aftermath. "Bert Brecht" shares adaptation and original story credits with Lang.

These were Brecht's only Hollywood credits, I believe. And the music is by Hanns Eisler!

Although set in Czechoslovakia, the film's actors are purely American (Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Gene Lockhart) in their casting, their manner and their speech, reinforcing the theme of our shared humanity with the Czechs.

I caught it on VHS, but I see it's now available on DVD. This movie features the scariest Nazi I've ever seen in Hans Heinrich von Twardowski's Heydrich.

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