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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Margarita Andrushkovich ...
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Chris Doerk ...
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Erich Gusko ...
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Helmut Hanke ...
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Barbara Harnisch ...
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Brit Krüger ...
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Andrea Schmidt ...
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Karin Schröder ...
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Frank Schöbel ...
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Maya Turovskaya ...
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"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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All Singing! All Dancing! All Marxist Musicals!

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25 June 1997 (USA)  »

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Narrator: What do you know about life there? What did anyone ever hear about except the grayness, the militarism, and the constant beating of propaganda?
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The end credits dedicate the film "to Karl Marx, without whom none of this would have been necessary." See more »

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Informative and entertaining documentary
7 January 2006 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

East Side Story entertains and informs about an unknown part of Cold War history. What is the purpose of any documentary? To inform the reader through commentary and footage. This one succeeds at both. You will never find many movies whose clips you get to see in here because some of them have been destroyed and some are unaccessible.

You get to see and her music from musicals made in East Germany, Russia, and other countries under Soviet Control. It shows you that the people who made these movies and the people who watched them all look for same things a Westerner would look for, which are pretty women and men singing and dancing on the streets with smiles and (hopefully) white teeth.


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