An unlikely & heady mix of documentary, agitprop, morality play, melodrama & musical, this film, banned soon after release desperately needs rediscovery despite a few deadspots (the lecture about supply constriction for instance), if only for its sheer visual inventiveness (the extraordinary ballet mécanique sequence of searching for employment in a recession that opens the film for instance!)
There exists a list for "Leftist Films" but this is not on it, which is strange. This is an absolutely unique portrait of Germany just before Hitler, radical in both politics and style. Because the heroes are leftists, they're sure they will triumph over a corrupt world. But they didn't; evil did. Brecht co-wrote the script, and the style and approach are utterly original and compelling. A haunting film.
What a great film! A start that takes use on a ride into the crisis of 1930, social contradictions shown by simple editing, a heartfull view on troubled relationships, and an intelligent discussion of viewpoints on poverty and economic problems. The theme song is a milestone and still a hit all over the world. Imagine the cinema in germany could have continued to develop in this direction ...!