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East Side Story (1997)

A look at Communist musicals that strove to be ideologically correct - and entertaining, besides.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Margarita Andrushkovich ...
Herself (as Margarita Andruschkovitsch)
Chris Doerk ...
Herself
Erich Gusko ...
Himself
Helmut Hanke ...
Himself
Barbara Harnisch ...
Party Girl
Brit Krüger ...
Party Girl
Andrea Schmidt ...
Party Girl
Karin Schröder ...
Herself
Frank Schöbel ...
Himself
Maya Turovskaya ...
Herself (film historian)
Brigitte Ulbrich ...
Herself
Hans-Joachim Wallstein ...
Himself
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Storyline

"That's Entertainment!," Communist style. A documentary about movie musicals produced during the height of the old Soviet bloc. Comrades drive tractors, sweep factory floors, feed farm animals, harvest crops, all the while singing their hearts out about the joys of socialism. Included are interviews with people involved in the making of some of these movies, as well as a film historian and nostalgic moviegoers. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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f rated | filmmaking | communism | See All (3) »

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All Singing! All Dancing! All Marxist Musicals!

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Documentary | Music

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Release Date:

25 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assim Dançou o Comunismo  »

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Narrator: Who knows how things might have turned out if Socialism could have just been more fun?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits dedicate the film "to Karl Marx, without whom none of this would have been necessary." See more »

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Features Meine Frau macht Musik (1958) See more »

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It was a hoot
29 August 2002 | by (Pasadena, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This film was tremendously entertaining. Even it you're not an obscure documentary aficionado, it was a lot of fun. The lengths they went to to make socialism seem like fun were really hilarious. And finding out that Stalin was a fan of musicals was also funny, since he really didn't seem the type to enjoy a lot of light-hearted singing and dancing. The singing pig farmers were also great. And the directors telling about how they were told to make movies that made socialism fun when they couldn't run their lights for more than 10 minutes without bringing down the East German power grid really just summed up the whole experience.


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