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East Side Story (1997)

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


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


"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 <>

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All Singing! All Dancing! All Marxist Musicals!


Documentary | Music





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


Features Heißer Sommer (1968) See more »

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insightful in its history and entertaining in the spectacle of the clips
31 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wonder if I could take sitting through a whole musical comedy from Russia or East Germany or other countries that for decades put out almost always propagandistic film, anti-fascist films, anti-war films (as this documentary points out) that just reflected the dark, grueling times under Stalin and life behind the Iron curtain. It's fascinating then to see the other side of the coin, the sorts of clowns and rebels with music at their side to try and please the masses more often than not stuck in the Socialist walk of life. One film actually seemed rather impressive, called Jolly Fellows by the pioneer of the very small group of musical filmmakers, Grigori Aleksandrov. From the clip(s) I saw of that film, I'd wager that it was one of the only works to actually step out of itself and go into just wild, manic, make-you-laugh kind of mode. But as this film shows, if you were a filmmaker looking to entertain, it better be with a 'message'.

Through interviews, some occasional quasi-dramatizations (of Russia/Germany/etc's sort of motion picture association) at the censorship table, and clips, one gets the full picture of what it was like- both behind the scenes and on the screen- to just make sheer entertainment for the masses. Some of the films (well, most of them, as apparently only 14 screened over 40 years in the countries mentioned) made a good chunk of change, but for what purpose really? One also gets drawn into the culture of it all, how it differs greatly from the American way of 'if it works, make em while they're hot' attitude. But at the same time, perhaps out of this repression, some interesting, funny, and (from what I saw) up-beat films were made. They might've been fairly typical of what was asked to be shown to the masses, under Stalin's fond but demanding terms, like life with tractors. It gets to be even juicier a story though as we get shown what it was like in the 60's, the last wave of musical comedies, as rock and roll and pop tunes finally hit their airwaves.

In short, some good stuff...but only if interested, really. I was shown the film in a class on documentary films, and half the class fell asleep. So be warned on the one hand, though on the other if looking for it, it can make for a really rewarding trip into European film history.

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