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

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Two men and their friends, sing, dance and fight over a girl.

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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 ...
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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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Documentary | Music

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25 June 1997 (USA)  »

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Assim Dançou o Comunismo  »

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Karin Schröder: [on finding a musical model]
[subtitled version]
Karin Schröder: I only started thinking about someone like Doris Day when a foreigner told me I was the Doris Day of the East.
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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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14 April 2003 | by (Canadian Wilderness) – See all my reviews

Don't go renting "East Side Story" because you want an insightful portrait of life in Communist countries through their musicals. Don't go renting it if you want a detailed technical study of the musical from an unusual point of view. Don't, by all means, go renting it if you want to cry over the poignancy of the worker's hardships manifested by singing. Do, however, rent it if you want to point at the TV and laugh "Ha ha! Dancing Communists! Ha ha ha!"

Not to knock dancing Communists. Certainly "East Side Story" is a rollicking good time, but nothing more than that - this is no "Bowling for Columbine," certainly. The narration is insipid, and the interviews are of varying quality, but the clips from the musicals and the simply funny premise make this a recreational documentary that, by all means, go and check out if you've nothing meaningful to do.


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